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  1. 1. 1st Congress Minors/Children and ICT  “Educating  for  a  Safer  Internet”   Remarks  as  Prepared  for  Delivery       October  27-­28,  2009   Gijon,  Spain       Honorable  Deborah  Taylor  Tate   2009  Laureate   World  Telecommunications  and  Information  Society  Day   and   Former  Commissioner  U.S.  Federal  Communications  Commission       Welcome
  2. 2. Excellencies, Ana Rosa Migoya Diego, Minister for Public Administration and Spokesperson for the Government of the Principality of Asturias. - Alberto Pérez Cueto, General Director for Modernization, Telecommunications and Information Society of the Government of the Principality of Asturias. - Mr. Pablo Priesca Balbin, General Director CTIC Foundation. - Mr. Paco Prieto, Director Information Society Area at CTIC Foundation (responsible of the Congress) - Dra. Margarita Cedeño de Fernandez, First Lady of the Dominican Republic Honored Officials, Esteemed Colleagues of the 1st Congress on Children and ICT; and all who are Champions for children here and around the world, Ladies and Gentlemen: Introduction
  3. 3. Muchos Gracias Senor _Alberto Perez Cueto of the Government of Asturias, Spain for the honor of being here with you for this crucial and critical dialogue regarding the transformation of our world into a truly digital age and the effect of that transformation upon our children. You are in good company. I would like to take a moment and applaud the global leadership provided by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and also the International Telecommunications Union Secretary General Hamadoun Toure in designating the theme of this year as “Protecting Children in Cyberspace.” During the World Information Society Day ceremony in Geneva, the Secretary Generals launched a “call to action” by all Member Nations of the ITU and indeed by all the world leaders to both celebrate the incredible opportunities of this digital age and to continue to work tirelessly to provide connectivity to all the world’s people, safely and responsibly. That “call to action” included the request that all leaders use their authority and voice to bring attention to the problems facing our children online—everyday—
  4. 4. in cyberspace. Cyberspace, which is no longer a “virtual world”; but the very real world in which our children spend much of their lives. Thus, I also applaud the government of Asturias for being one of the very first national leaders to answer this global “call for action” and to host this 1st Congress for these important discussions. It is through leadership such as you have shown, that we will be able to continue to provide a platform for policy-makers, industry, academia and families to exchange best practices and real world tools to help protect our children. Thank you for this invitation, but more importantly thank you for the exemplary and visionary leadership to protect not only your children here in Spain; but all the world’s children. ITU Telecom World Two weeks ago, World leaders from over 150 nations gathered again in Geneva to mark another milestone in our march forward in internet history. While our countries and indeed the world, face an economic
  5. 5. crisis unmatched during the past eight (8) generations, Telecom World focus was clearly on the future: from the positive impact of ICT with regard to investment and deployment of new technologies and applications to the possibilities for contributing to a greener world to the need for joint resolve to the challenges of cybersecurity including the protection not only of our government and financial institutions but also our personal footprints, but most importantly to all of us gathered here: the protection of our children online. New Viral Diseases of an Online World The benefits that advancements in global communications have provided is precisely why I am so honored to participate in this event today. I am delighted to have been part of several historic decisions made by the United States from our unprecedented $30 billion in spectrum auctions to decisions unleashing new competition in the video and broadband markets as well as deregulatory policies launching wireless, WIMAX, BPL and other new broadband technologies in new parts of our spectrum such as the “white spaces” in order to connect all Americans no matter where they may choose to live.
  6. 6. However, as policymakers and leaders remain committed to connectivity for all the world’s people, we must also insure the recognition that this is not merely a technological connection, but a very real connection to every corner of the globe—the good, the bad and the ugly. And, as more and more of our children have the opportunity to go online, we must take special precautions regarding their safety in this always on, digitized, world. That is why I am particularly proud to share with you today the development of the International Child Online Safety Initiative (COP) launched by the ITU; and to invite each of you—organizations, providers, academic institutions, schools and governments to become a part of COP. The recent outbreak of the H1N1 flu may actually be helpful to our discussions as our healthcare counterparts have spent decades creating and streamlining communications plans in the case of such outbreaks; years of indepth research, prevention education, development of medications and vaccinations and public messaging at all levels from national leaders to local doctors.
  7. 7. I think that it is our duty as adults, as government representatives, industry leaders and caregivers to learn from the efforts of our healthcare colleagues and insure our chidren reap the benefits of this new digital age without becoming infected by what are significant and viral diseases of the online world. Just as in the H1N1 example, we must utilize the knowledge and research that we have gained regarding cybersecurity threats and provide it to the world---from illegal predatory behavior and fraudulent uses of the internet that warrant involvement by government and criminal law enforcement officials to the proliferation of extremely damaging personal information and even entirely new health diagnoses such as cyber bullying and Internet-related addictive behaviors. These are now a very real part of our children’s very real world. And we must respond---as parents, teachers, engineers, communications providers, the media and leaders--just as we would with any infectious outbreak. We must acknowledge the threats, discover the universe of possible responses to each threat ---and then empower ourselves with the tools to eradicate the problem. COP provides this global communications tool.
  8. 8. Child Online Protection: COP So what is COP? The Child Online Protection Initiative is an international collaborative network that is striving to promote the infinite possibilities offered by ICTs while keeping in mind that online dangers are a very real threat to children and young people in cyberspace. I am confident that COP will be able to provide a global response to new risks our children face-risks that once were only experienced in the real world but are alive and well in the new world of cyberspace. For too long we have lived under a myth—the myth that our children are safe as long as they are in their own home. We now realize that this is not the case as they can travel anywhere in the world---- from within their own room. This conference and others give real world examples of the dangers and risks that lurk online as well as to share what is being done worldwide to educate, protect and prosecute to protect our children in the online world just as we would in the offline one. Digital Online Opportunities
  9. 9. However, before I go any further, let me be the first to extol the incredible opportunities this new digital age affords all of us. As a state and federal official in the United States, I utilized every resource, every vote, every speech to advance the virtues of these technologies-especially to bridge the digital divide. As nations and leaders, one of our most critical goals is to connect all of our citizen--- to the internet; to establish appropriate policies that encourage innovation and incentives to deploy broadband to the last mile, the last house, the last village, the last mountaintop so that every single citizen in our world can reap the incredible and dazzling benefits which broadband and the internet has to offer. From tele-health and remote surgery; to e-commerce and distance learning; our citizens can improve their health, enhance their education, seek new employment opportunities, attain prosperity and compete globally while remaining in contact with family and friends no matter how many miles may come between them. Vital Role of ITU
  10. 10. That is why the ITU has a unique role to play --and all those organizations who have joined in this effort-- are crucial to the full maximization of these spectacular technological devices and applications for our children. I am encouraged that COP is working towards the goal of becoming a world repository of information. Whether you are a Government leader or a parent; whether you are a policymaker or educator; whether you are looking for in-depth research, a public service announcement for any medium, or curriculum for your classroom---COP aims to provide a vast menu of tools and information from all parts of the globe. Good Digital Citizenship For this reason, I thank those of you for your efforts to promote online safety and for your willingness to work together toward simple but profound life’s lessons of being safe and civil citizens online; toward a goal of “good digital citizenship” for all. We cannot allow any child to be the subject of harm-for instance, cyberbullying-- when we know that it is occurring. Cyberbullying for example is much more dangerous than a playground bully. It is viral, has the capacity to bully a victim in front of
  11. 11. thousands and is.. of course…not a one moment episode, but is forever. Psychologists are studying these phenomenon along with other negative behaviors such as “sxtng” and online addictive disorders. Thus, we must educate parents, caregivers, teachers, and of course our youth regarding these dangers and arm them with tools and information to protect and empower them. This is not about a checklist, it is a culture. A culture of online security based upon knowledge, education and empowerment. Many providers have joined in this collaboration, many have joined the self regulatory efforts such as GSMA Mobile Alliance and the EU Code of Conduct; Telefonica here in Spain has created curriculum such as Teachtoday, parental tools and even special handsets for children. I applaud these efforts, but we must continue as each child is connected to insure that connection is safe and responsible. A Call to Action To those of you who are leaders: We must have rules for the roads of cyberspace just as we have rules for our highways. One real world example is the US has begun to ban texting
  12. 12. while driving. Why should other countries have to experience the loss of life and other tragedy? We should be sharing our investigation, research, and even draft laws toward prevention of these risky behaviors in other parts of the world, For parents and teachers and all caregivers: We must have rules of acceptable, civil, appropriate behavior online as we do offline. You must be involved in your child’s life online. This means checking their useage and online profile, having definite rules about internet use and even reading emails if you see a change in your child’s behavior. For healthcare providers: We must undertake more research, develop evidence-based prevention and treatment for new diagnoses especially for our at risk youth. Then we must arm our pediatricians and mental health practitioners—all those in contact with children-- with this information to spot issues and resolve before they escalate. For CEOs and entrepreneurs: We must have new tools and devices that are built from the beginning-- to protect our children on the front end.
  13. 13. And, they will need to evolve as new and brilliant minds create even more innovative ways of communicating. For companies and apps creators and network and internet providers: you need to be part of the solution by provide funding for research, tools, curriculum and educational opportunities. Why not be the first to offer a “family friend phone” or a limited menu for child only exploration or sell locked phones at point of sale which can only be unlocked in store by a parent. It is not only a good thing to do, but good for the bottom line as well. Conclusion I strongly urge global leaders to support this extremely important and timely initiative because there is no doubt there is an urgent need to ensure all the good work being done globally is brought together in a coordinated effort for all to access. So please join together -join COP-- so we can insure these miraculous and dynamic means of communication instill and inspire the best and the brightest; providing a safe environment in which children
  14. 14. can learn and grow to meet their full potential; whether online or offline. These are all our children-not Spain’s or America’s--- But, the world’s children. The hope of tomorrow and the future leaders of your nation and mine. They deserve nothing less. #