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SIP-Benchmark II - European benchmark of filtering and parental control tools for youth protection online

Published on: 20.01.10

Berlin, Brussels, Rome, Luxembourg - On 9th December 2009, an international Consortium composed of INNOVA Europe in Brussels, Stiftung Digitale Chancen in Berlin and Cybion in Rome was appointed by the European Commission to carry out the SIP-Benchmark study on filtering and parental control tools in the framework of the Safer Internet Programme over the next three years.

Although filtering the Internet is often judged as Janus-faced, it can help to safeguard children and young people from being confronted with inappropriate content. The study aims at assisting parents and other adults in charge of minors in the decision making process.

"We know that the effectiveness of filtering tools also depends on their usability and comprehensibility to the end-users," says Jutta Croll, Managing Director of Stiftung Digitale Chancen, "and we have learned from the Youth Protection Roundtable that parents all over Europe are seeking for advice in this field."

Therefore, SIP-Benchmark II will focus on both effectiveness and usability in equal measure. Around 30 different filtering and parental control tools covering the main tools present on the market will be tested in a six-monthly benchmarking cycle. The results will be presented in a user-friendly and comprehensible way to ensure that parents will make use of them.

About INNOVA Europe
INNOVA Europe is the front company of the INNOVA Group, currently one of the leading private European consultancy groups in innovation. Since 2000, when it was founded, INNOVA Europe has been delivering highly specialised services in innovation management, Good Practice analysis, Benchmarking and Impact Assessments, as well as research exploitation, technology transfer, and Information and Communication Technologies. INNOVA Europe coordinated two of the largest European Networks in charge of Innovation and Technology Transfer: the IRC (Innovation Relay Centres) & IRE (Innovating Regions in Europe) Networks.

About the Digital Opportunities Foundation
Since 2002 the Digital Opportunities Foundation together with its partner organisations is working on bridging the digital divide. The goal of the foundation is to make people interested in the opportunities of the Internet and to support them in exploring the digital world. From 2006 to 2009 the foundation was co-ordinator of the Youth Protection Roundtable within the Safer Internet Programme.
The Digital Opportunities Foundation was founded in Berlin in January 2002. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth have taken on the patronage.

About Cybion
Cybion was founded in 1995 with branches in Italy and France. The company performs business and competitive intelligence on the Internet. Cybion supports companies and public institutions in web monitoring, analysis and online reputation management activities, combining innovative technology and analysis experience. Along with staying attuned to cutting-edge research inside Italy and France, within Europe and beyond and offering customised training sessions to strengthen companies’ online campaigns, Cybion answers to a wide range of web monitoring scenarios.


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