CyberEthics GIII: Island-wide combined Safer Internet Awareness Node, Hotline, Helpline

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CyberEthics GIII
CyberEthics GIII
Contract Title Cyberethics GIII: Cyprus Safer Internet Center. Island-wide services for Safer Internet Awareness, Helpline and Hotline
Contract Number SI_2009_SIC_123903_CY
Funding Period 01/09/2010 to 30/04/2012
Funding Agency EC
Total Cost €333,000.00

CyberEthics concerns the safe use of Internet in Cyprus, and serves the needs of all people that live on the island (i.e., also Turkish Cypriots and other minorities) addressing not only issues of pornography, but also racism (currently on the rise in Cyprus), gender discrimination and inappropriate use of peoples’ images. It operates as a combined Awareness Node and a Hotline.

Overall Objectives

  • – Act as Safer Internet Centre in Cyprus
  • – Where appropriate, cooperate with other actions under the Safer Internet programme
  • To engage 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.

Specific Objectives

  • 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.