Protecting Our Children on the Internet
Towards a New Culture of Responsibility
1st edition 2000, 512 pages
bound with protective cover
out of stock
As an international community of users and providers of information, we are at a dramatic turning point. The Internet will change the way people live: it offers extraordinary opportunities for enhancing creativity and learning, for trading and relating across borders, for safeguarding human rights, for realizing democratic values and for strengthening pluralism and cultural diversity. The change holds promise and it holds challenges. Although a limited phenomenon within the overall amount of Internet content, racist and discriminatory web sites, child pornography material exchanged in certain newsgroups and chatrooms, and “how to” guides on terrorist activity are too disturbing to ignore. Mechanisms have to be developed to deal with illegal content, to protect children online as well as free speech.
The Bertelsmann Foundation has brought together a global network of representatives from government, industry, law enforcement, non-government organizations as well as scholars and experts to make recommendations concerning these questions and to advise on the structure and implementation of an internationally coordinated approach. This volume contains reports from leading international experts, key recommendations for such an approach, and it analyzes the contribution self-regulation can make to the current keen anxiety with regard to illegal and harmful Internet content.
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