On Thursday, we will hold the first of a series of engagement events designed to ensure that the euCONSENT solution is developed as transparently as possible and benefits from a wide range of input from stakeholders.
We will be hosting a conference in Athens for attendees both in person and online, with over 170 signed up already.
The theme of the conference is finding the balance between age verification, parental consent, and child rights. There is no doubt that there are some controversial issues surrounding this topic, and we hope to air them in this forum, as well as offering some clarity about what a technical solution can realistically deliver, and what is perhaps beyond the practical possibilities of this technology.
Up to this point in the project, much of our focus has been on research. This has included academic, legal, empirical and ethnographic work to provide a strong foundation for the technical challenge which follows. We will take the opportunity on Thursday to publish the highlights of the research papers, including work conducted by Aston University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Leiden. In addition, we will hear from the leading research firm Revealing Reality which has been coordinating conversations with children and parents across Europe.
The agenda goes on to include contributions from senior regulators who themselves are members of European-wide coordination bodies, including the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), the European Regulators Group For Audio Visual Media (ERGA) and the European Platform Of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA). We’ll also hear why large platforms such as Facebook are showing an interest in our work.
To conclude the event, the project leadership team will outline the early thinking about how the euCONSENT network will be designed, both in terms of its technical mechanics, and the standards and certification processes required to create the trust framework that will sustain it.
We hope to see some of you in person, and many more online, on Thursday. It’s not too late to sign up to attend, and there is no fee – www.euCONSENT.eu/conference.