Ireland Names Internet Tsar

CP80 recognizes the efforts of nations around the world to protect children online. In Ireland John Laffan was recently appointed to head the Office of Internet Safety (OIS). The Irish newspaper Independent reported that the OIS will work with the national police, ISPs, and other members of the technology industry to protect children online.

Justice Minister Brian Lenihan said that Mr. Laffan "will engage with all stakeholders -- private sector and public authorities -- with the simple message that our young people deserve the best possible protection against the risk of internet exploitation and crime." He also indicated that the OIS will be given "legislative teeth" if necessary to fulfill its mission.

Minister Lenihan highlighted the need for Internet education for both parents and children. He acknowledged, however, parents' need for help protecting children online. As director of OIS Mr. Laffan will help develop policies to make the Internet safer for children.

Created: February 19, 2008 12:03
Last Modified: February 19, 2008 12:04

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