Keen observers of our website will have noticed that we have now published the membership of our project Advisory Board. We have been very eager from the outset of this project to involve a wide range of stakeholders, including those who supply technology to the online world, those who focus on the protection of the rights of children in the digital space, regulators and those who will rely on age assurance to offer more care to children on their platforms.
Regulators include representatives of European-wide bodies that bring together those charged with supervising both data protection and the audio-visual sectors, as well as individual regulators with a strong interest in age assurance, such as the Irish Data Protection Commission, the Slovak Media Authority and the KJM in Germany. We also have an external perspective from the Australian eSafety Commissioner’s team.
The third sector is included with members from COFACE, Eurochild, EUKidsOnline, European Schoolnet, the European Parents Association and UK Children’s charities are also included through their connection to the Board’s chair, John Carr OBE.
Turning to the technology providers, the group includes members or observers from trade bodies for European internet service providers (EuroISPA), telcos (ETNO), and gaming companies (ISFE).
And both Google and Facebook are also joining meetings of the Board, while providing technical input to review the emerging solutions in parallel.
We are very grateful to this team which will challenge the euCONSENT project to deliver a broadly-supported mechanism for the simple application of age assurance across the continent. They will offer both technical and ethical advice as the project moves forward.