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[FYI] EU calls for safer Internet

CORDIS RTD-NEWS/c European Communities, 1999 

 Record Control Number : 12657 
                             Date : 1999-04-07 

Category : Tender

General Information : 

The European Commission has published an open call for proposals for
setting up a European network of hotlines with respect to its Action
Plan on promoting safer use of the Internet. 

Hotlines will allow users and service providers to report content or
use which they consider illegal, when they come across it in the
course of their use of the Internet. 

The Action Plan on promoting safer use of the Internet is a
multiannual Community programme covering the period 1999 to 2002,
under which several calls for proposals are envisaged. The objective
of this particular action is not only to restrict circulation on the
Internet of illegal or harmful content, but also illegal use of the

In particular, the Commission wishes to promote services which address
content on the Internet that is contrary to human dignity, for example
child pornography, extreme forms of violence, incitement to racial
hatred and xenophobia. 

The establishment and promotion of a network of hotlines aims to
achieve these objectives by providing a mechanism for seeking the
removal of illegal content from the host server. Responsibility for
prosecuting and punishing those responsible for illegal content or use
is not covered by this call and remains with national law-enforcement

Details of preparatory actions under way is available on the
Commission's Internet site at: 

URL: http://www.echo.lu/iap 

The indicative budget for Community support for the hotline network is
1.8 million euro for the first evaluation. 

This call for proposals is open to entities, whether private or
public, within the European Union. All projects must include
cooperation between independent organisations established in different
Member States and preferably integrate activities across national
borders. Participation may be open to entities in third countries
under conditions set out in the technical background document. 

Remarks : 

Proposals for the first evaluation of the call must be sent by 5pm on
2 July 1999.

Data Source Provider : Official Journal of the European Communities

Document Reference : OJ No C 92 of 01.04.1999, p. 11.

Subject Index Codes : Telecommunications; Information, Media

Contact Person : 

For further information, please contact: 

Calls Central Office 
European Commission 
L-2920 Luxembourg 
Fax +352-4301-38099 
E-mail: iap@cec.be