Mitte November 2019 versammelten sich in der Casina Pio IV im Vatikan Staatsoberhäupter, Faith Leaders sowie VertreterInnen der führenden Tech-Konzerne wie Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook und Paramount Pictures, um gemeinsam darüber zu sprechen, wie das Kindeswohl weltweit gefördert und geschützt werden kann, vornehmlich im Digitalen.
Welche Schlüsselrolle könnte Künstliche Intelligenz spielen, um die seelische Gesundheit von Kindern zu schützen? Wie kann ausbeuterische illegale Kinderarbeit (Child Labour) in allen Formen weltweit abgeschafft werden? Mariya Gabriel (European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society) fragte, welche Priorität Technologieunternehmen der Sicherheit von Kindern geben, wenn sie ihr Geschäftsmodell designen.
„The Internet has changed our world, mostly for the better. But there is also a dark side which is harming the most vulnerable members of society. Children as young as infants and toddlers are now the targets of abuse for sophisticated online communities. As children grow and inevitably encounter the digital world themselves, they confront challenges like cyberbullying, harassment and sextortion. Child sexual abuse images, whose production has exploded with the advent of digital cameras in every mobile phone or tablet in the world, proliferate online. Internet pornography, unrestricted and pervasive in the digital world, bombards the developing brains of children and young people.“Holy See Press Office
Am Ende der Tagung wurde der Versammlung ein Action Plan präsentiert. Dieser möchte eine Art „road map“ von Zielen sein, welche die organisierenden Institutionen (Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities, The Child Dignity Alliance) in ihrer zukünftigen Kooperation zu folgen beabsichtigen.
Goal 1: To raise awareness of digital risks and make prevention the top priority.
We propose to undertake a global prevention and awareness campaign. This campaign will include education on the nature and severity of child sexual abuse and exploitation online, its economic and financial impacts, early intervention with potential offenders before they offend, utilize the public health model and focus on primary prevention.
Goal 2: To undertake new social research to provide better understanding of the scope and severity of child sexual abuse and exploitation online.
We propose to convene a Research Task Force that will include some of the world’s leading scholars and researchers in the field of child sexual abuse and exploitation to undertake foundational research on child sexual abuse and exploitation, both online and offline. In addition, this research will include an examination of the health impacts on young people of viewing pornographic and violent content online.
Goal 3: To foster the collaboration with technology companies.
We propose to establish an Internet Industry Roundtable to discuss the role of technology companies, and possible new standards, and work together to develop new tools and technologies to attack these problems, to take the necessary steps to another type pf progress, one which is healthier, more human, more social, more integral.
Goal 4: To mobilize the world’s great religions to launch a global movement to protect children online.
We propose to establish an Interfaith Roundtable to inform and engage members of every faith and launch a grassroots awareness campaign to enhance online child protection.
Goal 5: To promote exchange of experiences in the provision of child rescue and treatment services.
We propose to convene a Victim Services Round table that will include experts on the identification and treatment of victims to promote implementation of a victim-centric approach. A key element of this goal will be improving the recognition and identification of child victims, to ensure help for the massive numbers of hidden victims of abuse and exploitation in our Digital World.
Goal 6: To promote appropriate legislation and executive measures.
Encourage the Authorities to act effectively, using appropriate legislation and executive measures to fully respect the rule of the law and due process, as well as encourage legislators to legislate laws appropriate to new digital, technological and social developments in order to encounter criminal activities that harm children’s lives and dignity.