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Brussels, 20 November 2012
Digital Agenda: EU and US sign joint declaration to make the internet safer for kids
European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes and the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have today signed a Joint Declaration in London, committing to make the Internet a safer and better place for children.
In the Declaration, Vice President Kroes and Secretary Napolitano:
This declaration complements other European Commission initiatives to keep children save and confident in the digital world. These include the EU Strategy for a safer internet and better internet content for children and teenagers presented earlier this year (see IP/12/445) and a Commission-brokered coalition of top tech & media companies to make the internet a better place for our kids. see IP/11/1485)
The groundwork for today's declaration was prepared by the EU-US Working Group on Cyber-security and Cyber-crime. This was established in the context of the EU-US Summit of 20 November 2010 held in Lisbon (PRES/10/315) with the aim to tackle new threats to the global networks upon which the security and prosperity of our free societies increasingly depend.
Within the European Commission, Vice-President Kroes is responsible for cyber-security and Commissioner Malmström for tackling cyber-crime. Within the United States, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Commerce and other federal entities collaborate to help strengthen cyber-security and fight cyber-crime.
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