EU-U.S. Cooperate on Safer Internet for Kids
November 22, 2012
European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda
Neelie Kroes and the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet
Napolitano have today signed a joint declaration in London, committing to make the Internet a safer and better place for children.
In the declaration, Vice President Kroes and Secretary Napolitano:
· agree to implement joint campaigns on the occasion
of an annual Safer Internet Day. As a first step, the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security intends to participate in the European Union's Safer Internet Day for young people on February 5, 2013
· commit to contribute to international cooperation
in fighting child sexual abuse online in the immediate future. This will
build on existing work by the Virtual Global Taskforce
and Interpol on law enforcement collaboration to combat child sexual
abuse worldwide. International cooperation is essential if we are to be
effective in fighting child sexual abuse online.
· acknowledge that parents and guardians need to
trust the content and services their children access and commit to
continue working with industry and other stakeholders so that parents
and children can make informed choices online.
This declaration complements other European Commission
initiatives to keep children safe and confident in the digital world.
These include the EU Strategy for a safer internet and better internet
content for children and teenagers presented earlier this year, and a
Commission-brokered coalition of top tech & media companies to make
the internet a better place for our kids.
The groundwork for today's declaration was prepared by the
EU-U.S. Working Group on Cyber-security and Cyber-crime. This was
established in the context of the EU-U.S. Summit of November 20, 2010
held in Lisbon with the aim
to tackle new threats to the global networks upon which the security and
prosperity of our free societies increasingly depend.
Within the European Commission, Vice-President Kroes is
responsible for cyber-security and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström for
tackling cyber-crime. Within the United States,
the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department
of State, Department of Commerce and other federal entities collaborate
to help strengthen cyber-security and fight cyber-crime.
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