EICN working group on child protection and mobile phones

An OII-led working group to gather information and develop policy recommendations about the practices of mobile network operators in Europe in relation to child protection in the era of third-generation (3G) multimedia mobile phones.

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Professor William Dutton

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287210

Email: william.dutton@oii.ox.ac.uk

Overview

In April 2004 the European Internet Co-regulation Network (EICN) set up a working group, led by the Oxford Internet Institute, to gather information about the practices of mobile network operators in Europe in relation to child protection in the coming era of third-generation (3G) multimedia mobile phones. This technology is expected to become a major carrier of online content that is likely to be young people's medium of choice, raising concerns about issues such as harmful content or monitoring of chat-room interactions. The paper produced by the OII-led working group was used to help the Network develop policy recommendations which were then presented to Commissioner Viviane Reding publicly at an EU-organised expert seminar in June 2005 and again at a private meeting in July 2005.

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