The Committee sought, in coordination with the international community, to place Internet safety issues at the top of the agendas of global forums’ priorities; such as, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and the ITU Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative, Safer Internet Day (SID), the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online (ENACSO), Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) and others.
1- Cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union
a- ITU Council Working Group on Child Online Protection
Based on a common proposal submitted by Egypt and Syria and endorsed by ITU member states, the ITU resolution 1306 was issued, establishing the Council Working Group on Child Online Protection (ITU CWG-COP). It is the first group specifically configured to protect children online, with the aim of coordinating all the efforts done within the ITU in the COP field. Egypt chairs the group that is open to all member states and the private sector. The group is an open forum for all member states of the ITU, allowing developing countries the opportunity to present their concerns and exchange views with the developed countries.
b- ITU Child Online Protection Initiative
The Arab Republic of Egypt is one of the first ITU Member States adhering to ITU Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative. It also participated in the statistical framework to measure the protection of children on the Internet, and in the formulation of the guiding principles issued by the ITU for the protection of children on the Internet.
Accordingly, in recognition of Egypt's role and effective leadership in this regard, the ITU former Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure, granted Egypt the ITU Prize for its effective contributions to preparing and drafting the so-called "Guidelines for Child Online Protection”.
c- Cooperation with the ITU Arab Regional Office
Cooperation with the ITU is not limited to the international level, but also extends to the Arab regional dimension. Egypt has been involved with the ITU Arab Regional Office (ITU- ARO) in the many activities and workshops concerning the protection of children on the Internet. It also participated in the Arab Working Group to devise guidelines for the development of Arabic legislation to protect children online.
2. TAIEX Workshop ‘Fight Against Cybercrime and Child Online Exploitation’
To enhance child online safety advocacy, Egypt hosted a number of conferences and workshops, among which is the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) workshop entitled “Fight against Cybercrime and Child Online Exploitation”, held on 30 -31 March 2010. The workshop was organized by the European Commission’s Enlargement Directorate-General in cooperation with the Academy of European Law (ERA) and Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).
The workshop hosted a number of distinguished European and Egyptian experts in the field of cybercrime and child online exploitation. The objective of the workshop was to assess the application of international and European legislations in the area of child online safety in the various member states and candidate countries to join the Europe-wide campaign to fight against cybercrime. The workshop also explored how other non-European countries confronted those crimes and discussed the prospects for common cooperation.
Among topics discussed were the latest legal and complementary measures adopted to combat cybercrimes; such as, the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (2001), the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography. It also discussed means of effective cooperation with Internet service providers and websites (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!).
3. GSMA Study
Egypt took part in a GSMA study on children use of mobile phones. The study was conducted in Egypt by Mobinil under the guidance of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT). The study was based on a pair of questionnaire answered by a number of children and their parents to study how children usually use mobile phones, and to what extent their parents are aware of this use.
Four governorates were selected to participate in this study, which covers mobile use trends in both rural and urban areas. The significance of participation in this kind of studies is to keep pace with global trends.
4. Internet Governance Forum
The Internet Safety Program participated in about 10 workshops at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Sharm elSheikh in 2009, and in a number of IGF workshops organized in Lithuania in 2010, Kenya in 2011, Azerbaijan in 2012, Bali in 2013 and Turkey in 2014.
The Program is also a member at the Dynamic Coalition on Child Online Safety since 2008, which meets every year on the IGF sidelines. In the Arabic version of the Forum, the Program organized the following workshops on Internet safety:
§ A workshop held in Kuwait in October 2012 about blocking techniques and the rules of self-regulation
§ A workshop in Algeria in 2013 titled “Online Child Protection in the Arab Region: Studies and Legislations”
§ A workshop at the Arab IGF held in Beirut in 2014 entitled "Digital Content and Social Networking in the Arab Region: Where Are We?"
5. London School of Economics
The Internet Safety Program seeks to strengthen cooperation with the UNICEF and the London School of Economics (LES) to conduct statistical studies in Egypt, like those that regularly take place in Europe; such as, the EU Kids Online. It is currently collaborating through Global Kids Online program.
6. #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit
Egypt participated in the WeProtect Children Online Global first summit that was held in London in the United Kingdom in 2014. UAE hosted the second summit in 2015.
The Summit was an opportunity to meet with governments, law enforcement agencies and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) working in this field in order to agree on concrete actions, build strong relationships and create networks of cooperation for the development of mechanisms for joint action. The goal is to ensure the identification and protection of victims, and to prevent the misuse of the Internet, as a means of exploiting children.
Egypt participated in the second summit with a high-level delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). Egypt stance was made clear: despite the challenges related to commitment to the technical requirements of the three summit statements, it supports the aim of the Summit and considers it as an opportunity to benefit from prospects opened to develop the technical capabilities of law enforcement agencies in Egypt. It also helps raise the efficiency of individuals, as well as other recommendations approaching bodies concerned with the child online protection in Egypt.