WS 01 2024

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18 June 2024 | 10:30 - 11:30 EEST | Workshop 1a | WS room 1
18 June 2024 | 12:15 - 13:15 EEST | Workshop 1b | WS room 1
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Workshop 1a: Child safety online– update on legal regulatory trends
Proposals: #9 #21 (see list of proposals)

Working title: Workshop 1b: Protecting vulnerable groups online from harmful content – new (technical) approaches
Proposals: #9 #17 (#35) #38 (#60) (see list of proposals)

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Session teasers

1a: Child safety online – update on legal regulatory trends

Does this still address our current plans? Make your suggestions here Building upon the discussions from last year's workshop, this session endeavours to delve into the recent advancements in the legal landscape concerning online child safety, with a particular emphasis on the UK's experience in implementing the Online Safety Act and its juxtaposition with the proposed 'Child Sexual Abuse Regulation', or CSAR. Central to the discourse is the pivotal question: ''How can we create secure online environments for children while safeguarding their privacy, as well as the privacy and fundamental rights of other users?'

1b: Protecting vulnerable groups online from harmful content – new (technical) approaches

Protecting vulnerable groups, especially children, from online harm while avoiding mass surveillance and restrictions on free speech is a huge challenge for regulators. New technologies, especially AI tools, could help automatically identify inappropriate content for children and block access to that content for child users. AI bots could also intervene if they identify a conversation as containing elements of grooming. Disinformation could be automatically fact-checked and annotated, and illegal content could not only be banned but also reported to law enforcement (or inform the victims so they can choose to report it to law enforcement). Online violence could be stopped immediately - without letting the harm happen rather than prosecuting it later. The workshop will discuss several new technical approaches that may (or may not?) reduce the unwanted side effects of online safety while being more effective.

Session description

Currently child safety and security is at the forefront of EU's agenda, with a comprehensive legal framework inclusive of the Digital Services Act (DSA), the NIS Directive, and notably, the proposed Regulation laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse (CSAR). The CSAR introduces obligations for service providers to detect, report, remove and block access to online child sexual abuse material. However, the proposal has faced significant criticism for potentially infringing on privacy rights, circumventing end-to-end encryption, and risking the creation of a new mass surveillance system.

The UK's Online Safety Act 2023 has adopted a similar approach to the CSAR. This session aims to draw insights from the UK's experience with implementing the Online Safety Act, comparing it with the proposed CSAR. We will explore whether the recent amendments to the CSAR address concerns regarding the proportionality of its measures, thus ensuring the protection of children online while safeguarding privacy and other fundamental rights.


This workshop will feature a discussion among relevant stakeholders. To engage the audience and gather their input, we will use Mentimeter to pose questions to the public at the beginning, during and end of the session.

Further reading

An overview of the latests changes to the CSAR Proposal:

The United Kingdom's Online Safety Act is found here:


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Programme Committee member(s)

  • Desara Dushi
  • Jörn Erbguth

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Focal Point(s)

Workshop 1a

  • Wout de Natris, Dynamic Coalition IS3C

Workshop 1b

  • Sofia Rasgado Monteiro, Departamento de Desenvolvimento e Inovação Coordenadora do Centro Internet Segura, Portuguese Safer Internet Centre Coordinator – Insafe network

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Organising Team (Org Team) List Org Team members here as they sign up.

  • David Frautschy
  • Sabrina Vorbau
  • Vittorio Bertola
  • Amali De Silva – Mitchell
  • Natálie Terčová
  • Menno Ettema
  • Inga Rimkevičienė
  • Kim Barker
  • Torsten Krause
  • Arda Gerkens
  • Kristina Mikoliūnienė
  • Anna Rywczyńska
  • Peter Joziasse

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Key Participants

  • Jaap-Henk Hoepman
  • Kristina Mikoliūnienė


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