EU to tackle Internet child pornography

February 29th, 2008 - 8:42 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Brussels, Feb 29 (RIA Novosti) European Union’s (EU) executive body, the European Commission, has unveiled a new ‘Safer Internet’ programme to tackle online child pornography. The EU will spend some 55 million euros ($83 million) between 2009 and 2013 on the programme, which is aimed at both online child pornography and the protection of children using the Internet.

The programme aims at creating “a safer online environment for our children by promoting self-regulatory initiatives and greater awareness in society,” said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Barroso said, “Where there is illegal content online, rapid and determined action by public authorities will be ensured by strengthened reporting systems.”

The major goals of “Safer Internet” are reducing illegal content and harmful content online, promoting a safer online environment, raising public awareness of the issue, and increasing knowledge of the use of new technology by children.

The programme also intends to create “national contact points for reporting illegal content and digital bullying, but focusing on pornographic material,” the EUobserver Web site said.
RIA Novosti

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