After the success of last year’s conference, the euCONSENT team has decided to run another conference on the 25th of May in Athens. We hope to have rather more in person attendees now that travel restrictions have eased; however, it will be a hybrid event to give the opportunity for people to attend virtually. Preparations are already under way, with discussions on which topics will be included in the schedule. We hope that the conference will be as well-received as the last one. There were over 160 participants in our first event, and we were pleased that the virtual conference platform we selected gave those who could not be there in person an equal opportunity to engage and ask their questions.
The project has made some significant advancements since last year’s conference. These will be explored in more detail by the keynote speakers and the discussion panels. To give you a taste of what the sessions will include: There will be a presentation on the large scale pilot (which had over 1,600 participants across 5 European countries) and an overview of the results. In light of the minor technical and usability challenges that were discovered during the pilot, guests will hear our proposals for learning these lessons and what changes need to be made to the new system. One session will explain how age verification providers can achieve certification and what standards they will have to adhere to if they wish to participate in the network.. As euCONSENT is strongly intertwined with ethical and child rights issues, a discussion considering these concerns will again be included. Additionally, there will be a demonstration of how euCONSENT is going to work in practice as well as an outline of future plans for the project’s development, governance and operations.
The euCONSENT team look forward to seeing you, in person or online, in May. Bring your questions and enthusiasm and we will see you there!