Safe Internet League In Cooperation Agreement With Omsk Regional Authorities

03
Sep

Cooperation between the authorities and public organizations in combatting cybercrime and illegal online content was the subject of a panel discussion held today by the Omsk regional authorities.

The same day also saw the region’s governor Viktor Nazarov and the Safe Internet League, represented by its CEO Denis Davydov, signing a cooperation agreement aimed at, first among other things, implementing the new online child protection system.

Discussing issues of data security were State Duma Family, Women, and Children Committee Head and Safe Internet League Board of Trustees member Yelena Mizulina, Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Communications Deputy Head Maksim Ksyonzov, Safe Internet League CEO Denis Davydov, together with representatives of the Siberian region’s public organizations, education system, and bloggers.

«Our goal, which is also the goal of the Omsk regional administration, is to do all in our power to create a safe and wholesome cyberspace where children could find information that would benefit their development, not harm them», said Omsk regional Children’s Ombudsman Yelizaveta Stepkina in her welcome speech.

The panel paid special attention to issues of combatting child pornography, Nazi propaganda, promotion of illegal drug and alcohol abuse, extremism, and other dangerous phenomena spreading throughout social networks.

In Siberia, Mrs Mizulina noted, and in the Omsk region especially, 2012 witnessed an increase in the number of child suicides:

«We have detected a rise in child suicides: namely, in the Omsk region in 2012 there were 50 attempted suicides by children, 15 of them fatal. And I have to say that these acts were provoked by advice these children received on the Internet. That is why the situation requires immediate measures to be taken to protect our children fr om online threats».

The Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Communications, according to Mr Ksyonzov, is currently working on an information security framework:

«We had a whole set of laws dealing with this sphere passed last year. We are absolutely not finished, we still have a long road ahead of us. The things we achieved so far were merely the groundwork for the next 10 to 15 years. We are going to keep hammering away at the problem. We — I mean the Federal Service, with the State Duma’s and Mrs Mizulina’s Committee’s legal backing, are planning to commission some of our leading scholars to develop a framework for subsequent public discussion. A framework that would specify what should be the age lim it for and the volume of Internet access for children, what should we do with those that are grown up enough to be able to navigate the Web on their own. It won’t be just banning sites left, right, and centre — we have to build a body of child-centred positive content»

The Safe Internet League, assured Mr Davydov, is ready to provide Omsk regional authorities with the tools to protect children online, blocking dangerous content. The League’s arsenal includes efficient software solutions «filtering» out harmful resources.

«In addition to that, the League is also working on generating positive content, with a pilot „cyber-safe“ TV channel, educating children, among other things, on rules of online conduct, due to be launched shortly», announced Mr Davydov.

From Davis Davydov’s address at the Cooperation Between the Authorities and Public Organizations in Combatting Cybercrime panel discussion:

«In Russia, when it comes to the issue of cybersecurity (or any other issue for that matter), almost everyone thinks he knows what to do about it... Except, no-one is actually doing anything. This panel is made up of people who really know, can, and are doing these sorts of things.

The League has a number of educational enterprises running in partnership with the Ministry for Education. Our experience of running information security classes indicates that there needs to be a systematic effort of preparing both the curriculum and teacher education guidelines. We have some groundwork ready in than sphere, and are ready to share it, including by running distance learning classes for teachers.

As for teaching children computer and online safety, we need to start as early as preschool. Today’s kids is a modern generation. Their development runs apace with the modern technologies, and we must keep that in mind.

We have already tested our scholarship programme for IT excellence in the Ulyanovsk region. The League instituted scholarships for engineering and industrial sciences students who excelled academically or at local academic competitions and forums. This experiment could be extended to your region, too. It would be beneficial for helping talented young students stay motivated».