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Shaping the Information Society: The Role of Parliaments and Legislators
 Hyderabad, India  02 December 2008 
Good morning Ladies and gentlemen

It is a pleasure for ITU to collaborate with UNDESA on the organisation of this second Parliamentary Forum on Shaping the Information Society

The rapid development of the Internet in all countries world-wide has led to the organization of borderless criminal activities on the Internet.

Online technologies, whilst providing tremendous opportunities for development also present new risks and dangers such as illegal content, viruses, cyber bulling or the misuse of personal data.

National and regional legislative efforts are not sufficient to deter cyber criminals around the globe because of their borderless nature.

International harmonization on legal measures is critical since legislation can only be effective if investigative techniques and cooperation procedures are also harmonized.

The World summit of the Information Society called for strengthened action to protect children from online abuse and defend their rights.

ITU has been mandated by WSIS to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs.

Within the framework of its Global Cybersecurity Agenda, the ITU is committed to connecting the world safely and responsibly.

To this end ITU recently launched its Child Online Protection (COP) initiative which has been strongly endorsed by its membership.

This initiative has been developed by ITU to tackle cybersecurity by providing a platform for global cooperation. ITU will coordinate efforts to protect children online by collaborating with governments, industry, academia, law enforcement agencies and child experts.

Cybersecurity has long been an important part of ITU’s work and special attention has been given to issues related to children and youth such as our international standard on Child Helpline.

However, given the cultural, legal, social and political differences that exist between nation states if the world, finding consensus on a legal basis will be extremely complex and challenging.

I hope today’s Forum will help raise the profile of this pressing need for Parliamentarians around the world, and ITU stands ready to assist in anyway we can.

Thank you for your attention and I wish you an interesting and rewarding Forum.

 

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