Brian O'Neill Appointed as ICT Coalition Independent Assessor

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14 June 2013: The ICT Coalition for a Safer Internet for Children and Young People has announced the appointment of Dr. Brian O'Neill, Dublin Institute of Technology, as its Independent Assessor.

Comprising 25 leading internet and technology companies in Europe, the ICT Coalition was established in 2012 to agree principles guiding development of products and services that actively enhance the safety of children and young people online.

Brian O'Neill will carry out an independent assessment of company self-declaration reports submitted by each Coalition member on their company’s implementation of the ICT Principles. As assessor, he will publish a report making an overall assessment of companies’ implementation, highlighting related technological or user trends impacting this fast-moving environment.

The ICT Principles focus on the key areas of: content, parental controls, dealing with abuse/misuse, child sexual abuse content or illegal contact, privacy & control and education & awareness. Signatories pledge to:

  • develop innovative ways of enhancing online safety and encouraging responsible use of the internet and internet access devices by children and young people;
  • empower parents and carers to engage with and help protect their children;
  • provide easily accessible, clear and transparent information about online safety and behaviour;
  • raise awareness of how – and to whom – to report abuse and concerns.

Signatories to the Principles include mobile, telecom, social gaming, manufacturing, content providers, and ISPs.  Coalition members include AVG, British Telecom, ¿bwin.party digital entertainment plc,  Deutsche Telekom AG,¿Facebook,¿France Telecom – Orange, Google,¿Hyves,¿LG Electronics, Massive Media NV, Nasza Klasa Sp. z o.o,  Nokia,¿Portugal Telecom, RIM,¿Royal KPN N.V.,  skyrock.com,¿Stardoll,¿TalkTalk, ¿TDC,¿Telecom Italia, Telefónica,¿Telenor ASA, TeliaSonera, ¿Unibet and¿Vodafone.  Other companies have been invited to demonstrate their support for child safety by joining the ICT Coalition and adopting the Principles.

Brian O'Neill is Head of the School of Media at Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a member of Ireland’s Internet Safety Advisory Committee, part of the executive Office of Internet Safety.  He is national coordinator for EU Kids Online, a 33-country network supported under the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme.

More details about the ICT Principles and the actions to be taken by Signatories are available at http://www.gsma-documents.com/safer_mobile/ICT_Principles.pdf


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