CyberEthics SafeInternet Node: Campaign Group for island-wide awareness on safe internet

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CyberEthics Safe Internet Node: Campaign Group for island-wide awareness on safe internet

CyberEthics, the Cyprus Awareness Node has been creative and active in promoting awareness to the Cyprus public, island-wide, on the safer use of the Internet. CyberEthics had a very effective Safer Internet Day with the collaboration of its partners plus the opportunity to promote its “Cyber” and “Ethics” characters and launch its new computer game. These created endless new opportunities for the promotion of the project especially to children and teenagers. The project was successful with respect to informing all target groups either through well-chosen media campaigns or by face-to-face presentations at schools, NGOs, universities and other forums. The new website was also a very important part of the campaign that served as the start of the new campaign that was more technology directed and high tech.

Formal Project Description
CyberEthics SafeInternet Node: Campaign Group for island-wide awareness on safe internet
Contract Title CyberEthics SafeInternet Node: Campaign Group for island-wide awareness on safe internet
Project Acronym Cyberethics
Donor European Commission
Lead Partner Future Worlds Center/CNTI
Call/Action Safer Internet Programme
Link to the Call http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/index_en.htm
Agreement n° SIP2005AN-38265-CyberEthics
Partners The Olive Branch (ZEYTIN DALI)
Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation
Cyprus Family Planning Association
University of Cyprus – Department of Political Science
Countries of the action CYPRUS
Cost of Action €292,549.00
Grant €146,275
Cost for FWC €167.900,00
Grant for FWC €83.950,00
Dates 01/09/2006 - 31/08/2008


Short Description Island-wide safer internet campaign in Cyprus
Main Page Cyberethics: Cyprus Safer Internet Center
Overall objective(s)
The first objective is to implement a strong campaign, under the acronym “CyberEthics” concerning the safe use of Internet in Cyprus, which will serve the needs of all people that live on the island (i.e., also Turkish Cypriots and other minorities) and address not only issues of pornography, but also racism (currently on the rise in Cyprus), gender discrimination and inappropriate use of peoples’ images. The second objective is to engage in the process actors from the government and the civil society, thus contributing towards the eradication of cyber crime through informed actions of European citizens and public institutions that aim to change behaviours, mentality and attitudes, giving special emphasis to rural and less developed areas of the country. Taking advantage of the applicant’s expertise and international network in mobile technologies attention will also be given to unethical/illegal usages of all new online technologies (i.e., mobile and broadband content, online games, peer-to-peer file transfer and all other forms of real-time communication).
Specific objective(s)
  • Act as node of awareness network in Cyprus.
  • Devise a cohesive, hard-hitting and targeted awareness campaign using the most appropriate media, taking into account best practice and experience in other countries.
  • Establish and maintain a partnership (formal or informal) with key players (government agencies, press and media groups, ISP associations, users organisations, education stakeholders) and actions in their country relating to safer use of Internet and new media.
  • Promote dialogue and exchange of information notably between stakeholders from the education and technological fields.
  • Where appropriate, cooperate with work in areas related to the Safer Internet plus programme such as in the wider field of media and information literacy or consumer protection.
  • Inform users about European filtering software and services and about hotlines and self- regulation schemes.
  • Actively cooperate with other national nodes in the European network by exchanging information about best practices, participating in meetings and designing and implementing a European approach, adapted as necessary for national linguistic and cultural preferences.
  • Provide a pool of expertise and technical assistance to start-up awareness nodes (new nodes could be ‘adopted’ by a more experienced node).
  • Take an active part in European-level events and in the organisation of national, regional and local events for the Safer Internet Day.
  • Cooperate with the hotline present in the country, if any, and Europe Direct.