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Child Online Protection: President of Costa Rica and ITU Secretary-General announce new action phases
Laura Chinchilla and Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
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Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla and ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré

A new phase of concrete activities for ITU’s Child Online Protection (COP) initiative will encourage the development of national COP centres, awareness campaigns and community forums to create a safe environment for young users of the Internet.

The COP Global Initiative was announced on 17 November 2010 by the Patron of COP, Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla and ITU Secretary-General, Hamadoun I. Touré at a ceremony in San Jose, Costa Rica.

COP was launched in November 2008 with support from the United Nations Secretary-General who urged all States to support it. COP brings together partners from all sectors of the international community with the aim of creating a safe and secure online experience for children everywhere. In 2009, a multi-stakeholder group of COP members developed global guidelines for children, parents, governments and industry.

The November 2010 announcement will see COP move forward from these guidelines towards the development of industry codes of conduct; the establishment of national hotlines; the development of national road maps and legislative toolkits; training for parents, guardians and educators and harnessing the power of multi-stakeholder collaboration through resources such as an online platform for sharing advice and information.

The COP Global Initiative will give regulators the tools to build on the experience of others in the development of national plans for protecting children online. For industry, it will promote self-regulation for full and positive participation in online communities. A key aim will be to equip parents with an understanding of the risks involved. For children the Global Initiative will aim to generate a safe environment while not diminishing the benefits offered by the online world.

Launching the initiative, Dr Touré said “The support for COP has been overwhelming and today we announce an exciting new phase moving from strategy to action. Guidelines for regulators, industry, parents and children themselves have been very well received but we have been asked for more.” Dr Touré added that with the patronage of President Chinchilla, he was proud to make this call to action to the global community. “The Internet reflects the diversity of global peoples and its many benefits include the potential to offer real development opportunities. However, in the march towards creating knowledge economies we must not lose sight of the most vulnerable users of the Internet,” he stressed.

President Chinchilla added “I am honoured to be the Patron of Child Online Protection and this new initiative. We live in a world of marvellous opportunity, much of it created digitally. The new initiative will foster a culture of prudence and a sensible and practical attitude to the further development of the digital world. Children have a remarkable ability to master computers from an early age, which is, at the same time, both astounding and frightening for parents. We have the global will to provide a safe environment and I am determined that with today’s announcement we will attract increased support and achieve our aim.”

Also speaking at the event, Costa Rica’s Minister of Science and Technology, Clotilde Fonseca, drew attention to the launch of a National Plan for Online Security and the establishment of a National Commission on Online Safety. “Thanks to this effort, the initiatives that were already in place in our country will be coordinated and enhanced and new lines of coordination, resource management and joint work will be launched to allow us to fill gaps and promote new initiatives,” she said. Ms Fonseca also highlighted the significance that the visit of ITU’s Secretary-General has for Costa Rica: “This is a clear sign of the importance of President Chinchilla’s participation as global sponsor of this important initiative,” she said.

The COP Global Initiative will build on the success of ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) being implemented through multi-stakeholder partnerships.


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