Dublin, 11 February
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
“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
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:
the existing national regulatory and legislative frameworks around electronic
communications, internet governance and the sharing of material online remain
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
Membership of the
Chair - Brian
Brian O’Neill is Head of the
School of Media at Dublin Institute of Technology.
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
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 Carthy is College
Principal and Dean of Science at UCD, Director of the UCD Centre for Cyber
security and Cybercrime Investigation (CCI).
Áine Lynch is the CEO of the
National Parents Council (primary).
Kate O’Sullivan has been with
UPC since 2006 and is Vice President corporate affairs.
Ronan Lupton is a practicing
Barrister, specialising in the areas of commercial law, chancery, defamation,
intellectual property / copyright and competition law.