Independent Assessment for the ICT Coalition
The ICT Coalition is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Brian O’Neill as Independent Assessor for the ICT Principles for the Safer Use of Connected Devices and Online Services by Children and Young People in the EU.
Brian is Emeritus Professor at Technological University Dublin and an experienced researcher on online safety for children. He is a member of the Council of Europe’s Expert Group on Digital Citizenship Education and is also a member of the CO:RE (Children Online: Research and Evidence) consortium supported under the EC Horizon 2020 programme.
The role of the Independent Assessor is to carry out an independent evaluation of the company self-declaration reports submitted by each Coalition member on their company’s implementation of the ICT Principles. Implementation reports are published on the website of the ICT Coalition. The ICT Principles contain an explicit commitment on the part of signatories to carry out such a review as part of their commitment to develop a robust self-regulatory process. A report of the first implementation of the ICT Principles is available here.
The assessor will collate companies’ self‐declaration reports and invite comments from appropriate stakeholders. In the light of these declarations and observations, the assessor will publish a report making an overall assessment of companies’ implementation, highlighting any related technological or user trends impacting this fast-moving environment. These reports will take account of any discussions which individual companies may already have had with children’s NGOs and civil society during the implementation period. It is anticipated that companies may wish to institute an ongoing dialogue to discuss their plans with their key stakeholders throughout the implementation period.
During the assessment process, should an NGO wish to raise a specific concern as to the reporting of an individual company, e.g., the outcome announced is not consistent with the original commitment, the independent assessor will act as mediator, bringing the parties together in an attempt to seek an appropriate resolution.
In this context, organisations and individuals are invited to contact the Independent Assessor directly by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or through the Contact Form on the ICT Coalition website: https://www.ictcoalition.eu/contact
Comments and feedback on the following are specifically invited:
- Any aspect of the implementation reports submitted by ICT Coalition members and available on the ICT Coalition website.
- Any observations regarding whether the ICT Principles are still fit for purpose, highlighting any gaps regarding their current coverage.
Deadline for receipt of submissions is: 29 April, 2022