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March deadline for consultation on internet safety

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Dublin, 11 February 2014

Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte T.D., today urged members of the public to engage with the public consultation on internet governance before the deadline of 18 March saying:

“Safer Internet Day is an ideal opportunity to highlight the work we are doing to examine the regulation of the internet. It is so important that people affected by issues such as cyber bullying, can make their voice heard during consultations like this.

In particular, I feel it is important that young people contribute to developing policy in this area. They are living through a radical transformation in the way we interact socially and can provide us with invaluable insights into the real impact of this change on their lives.”

The Minister reiterated his call for all interested parties and particularly parents and young people to engage with the Group in the development of their report.

The consultation will run until 18 March and comments received will be considered by the Group in their preparation of a report to the Minister in the summer.

Notes for Editors
Minister Rabbitte established the Internet Content Advisory Group in December 2013 to assist him in forming legislative, policy and regulatory recommendations to Government on the areas of internet governance which fall under his remit.

The Group will conduct a public consultation on issues of internet governance, including bullying and harassment online, from 24th January to 18th March 2014 and will then prepare and submit a report to the Minister in the first half of 2014 outlining their views on:

- Whether the existing national regulatory and legislative frameworks around electronic communications, internet governance and the sharing of material online remain relevant;

- Whether other existing policy responses by the State remain sufficient in relation to dealing with any of these issues;

- What the most appropriate relationship should be between ISPs, online service providers, the State and citizens in relation to access to legal material and bullying and harassment online.

Membership of the Group:

Chair - Brian O'Neill
Brian O’Neill is Head of the School of Media at Dublin Institute of Technology.

Mark Caffrey
Mark Caffrey is a Transition Year student in Ratoath College, County Meath. Mark is an active member of the Student Council and has been President of the Irish Secondary School Students Union since March 2013. He served as Equality Officer for the ISSU in 2012 and in this role addressed the anti-bullying forum convened by the Department of Education and Skills. Mark was also a member of the national working group on bullying which was convened by Minister Quinn and produced the Action Plan on Bullying.

Mary Aiken
Mary Aiken is the Director of the Cyber Psychology Research Centre at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Research Fellow at the RCSI Institute of Leadership.

Professor Joe Carthy
Professor Carthy is College Principal and Dean of Science at UCD, Director of the UCD Centre for Cyber security and Cybercrime Investigation (CCI).

Áine Lynch
Áine Lynch is the CEO of the National Parents Council (primary).

Kate O’Sullivan
Kate O’Sullivan has been with UPC since 2006 and is Vice President corporate affairs.

Ronan Lupton
Ronan Lupton is a practicing Barrister, specialising in the areas of commercial law, chancery, defamation, intellectual property / copyright and competition law.

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