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[FYI] Safer Internet - call for proposals/ benchmarking workshop - Filtering software (from: rswetenh@ftnetwork.com)

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From: "Richard Swetenham" <rswetenh@ftnetwork.com>
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Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 17:41:16 -0000
Subject: Safer Internet - call for proposals/ benchmarking workshop -  Filtering software
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Safer Internet 

a) call for proposals - Filtering software and services - Closing 
date: 31/05/2001

A call for proposals for projects to demonstrate filtering software 
and services In the framework of the action plan on promoting safer 
use of the Internet has been published in the Official Journal of the 
European Communities.

The measures will focus on demonstrating the potential and the 
limitations of filtering and rating systems in a real world 
environment, with the objective of encouraging establishment of 
systems suitable for European use and familiarising users with their 
use. Filtering and rating schemes must be internationally compatible 
and interoperable and developed with full cooperation of 
representatives of industry, consumers and users.

The demonstration projects should involve self-regulatory bodies, 
industry (access and service providers, content providers, network 
operators, software houses) user, consumer and citizens rights groups 
and government bodies involved in industry regulation and protection 
of minors.

Account should be taken of work on rating in other media.

This call is intended in particular to encourage proposals for 
"close-to-market" solutions. Emphasis will be placed on usefulness and 
practicality in "real-world" situations involving a large 
cross-section of typical users.

Examples of areas which could form part of a project are:

 "Walled gardens" - services offering limited access to content 
selected as being particularly suitable for a defined age group;

 Adaptation of existing software to cover new languages;

 "Family friendly" searching;

 Third-party supply of templates and lists for use in combination 
with filtering options built into browsers from commercial or 
non-commercial, values-oriented organisations;

 Benchmarking of filtering software and services (evaluation of the 
effectiveness of different filtering/blocking tools in the European 

Closing date: 31/05/2001

Further information:

An information meeting will be held in Brussels on 15 February 2001. 

b) workshop on benchmarking of filtering software and services

This will be followed by a workshop on benchmarking filtering software 
and services on the same date. 

At the request of the European Commission's Information Society 
Directorate-General, the Joint Research Centre, Ispra, has commenced a 
study to foster a better understanding of the process of benchmarking 
filtering software and services used to protect children from harmful 
or undesirable content on the Internet. In particular the study will 
seek to define the evaluation criteria that might be employed in 
specific benchmarking exercises. 

Participation is strongly encouraged from the following groups:

    suppliers of filtering software or services, 
    organisations interested in providing a benchmarking service, 
    organisations interested in promoting availability of better 
technical tools for parents
    (including consumer, family and child welfare groups) 


c) How to register

Registration for information day and benchmarking workshop

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Thomas Roessler                         <roessler@does-not-exist.org>