EuroISPA policy breakfast – Towards a Safer Internet for Children

June 19, 2015

Paul Durrant at EuroISPA policy breakfast

On June 17, EuroISPA brought together leading EU policymakers to discuss Industry-led efforts and challenges in the fight against Online Child Sexual Abuse Material. The meeting took place in the European Parliament and it was co-hosted by MEPs Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP) and Caterina Chinnici (S&D).

In his capacity as EuroISPA Safer Internet Committee co-Chair, ISPAI Chief Executive Paul Durrant briefed attendees on the long-standing activity of EuroISPA in the area of Online child protection.

EuroISPA is a pan European Association of European Internet Services Providers Associations (ISPAs), four of which run national Internet Hotlines dedicated to fighting Online CSAM. Bringing together this operational and technical capability, EuroISPA is committed to contributing expertise to assist in the improvement of the European and international response to Online Child Sexual Abuse Material being distributed over the Internet.

“As the voice of Europe’s Internet Services Providers, EuroISPA abhors the misuse of our networks by those users who circulate Child Sexual Abuse Material. We will continue to work with policymakers in the Commission and Parliament to sustain the network of Internet Hotlines and build on the strong results to date”. (Paul Durrant)

On this occasion he also thanked policymakers for their EU Programme support in sustaining the fight against the distribution of Online Child Sexual Abuse thus far, while pointing out that current gains are at risk if the European Commission co-funding of Hotlines is not secured beyond 2018. Furthermore, EC-funding at a certain level offers to the public a benchmark of objectivity and trustworthiness.

You can access EuroISPA’s press release here