The MIRACLE consortium
Eight partners from five countries
Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research (coordinating partner)
The Hans Bredow Institute is an independent non-profit research organisation focussing on mediated public communication. Founded in 1950, the Institute emphasises its role as an independent observer and combines sociological, legal, economic and pedagogical approaches, because it strongly believes that contemporary problems of media development call for an interdisciplinary and a cross-national comparative perspective. One of its specific fields of expertise lies in the area of youth protection online: The Institute is Germany’s national node for the EU Kids Online project; it evaluated existing youth protection policies in several countries and conducted state-of-the-art research in the field of alternative forms or regulation and governance, specifically in the field of incentive-based, self- and co-regulatory systems. With more than 20 researchers, it is able to conduct large-scale research and consulting projects. It accomplished several projects on behalf of the European Commission during the last years already (Co-Reg, INDIREG) and therefore has experience in managing projects with partners from different business and cultural backgrounds.
British Board of Film Classification (BBFC)
The British Board of Film Classification is an independent, non-governmental body which has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912 and videos/DVDs since the Video Recordings Act was passed in 1984. The BBFC is a not for profit organisation, and its fees are adjusted only to cover its costs.
Nederlands Instituut voor de Classificatie van Audiovisuele Media (NICAM)
NICAM stands for the Netherlands Institute for the Classification of Audio-visual Media. The institute enjoys broad support within the audio-visual sector in the Netherlands and played an initiating and coordinating role in the development of Kijkwijzer, the Dutch classification system that warns parents and educators about up to what age a television programme or film can be harmful to children. It is responsible for the coordination of the Kijkwijzer scheme. More than 2,200 companies and organisations are affiliated to this, either through their sector organisations or directly to NICAM. NICAM is supported in the performance of its duties by an Advisory Committee. The members of this Advisory Committee are experts in the areas of media, youth, education and welfare, representatives of parents` organisations and other social organisations, as well as of the companies participating in NICAM. The actual implementation of Kijkwijzer is in the hands of the audio-visual institutions and companies.
Pan European Game Information S.A. (PEGI SA)
PEGI SA is the non-for-profit organization entrusted with the day-to-day management and development of PEGI, the pan-European age rating system for video games. PEGI is a system of self-regulation to promote the responsible use of video games. It is the first ever pan-European age rating scheme and has been operating since April 2003. PEGI provides the public – particularly parents – with an indication of the minimum age from which the content of a game is appropriate. The system’s efficiency is based on its ability to provide the consumer, at the time of purchase, with appropriate information and advice regarding the nature of the content and its suitability. This advice is based on criteria developed and assessed by experts. The PEGI system applies to all game software, regardless of format or platform, sold or distributed in Europe by any company subscribing to the standards. The institutions of the European Union, together with the vast majority of governments in Europe fully support the project.
As for all self-regulated systems, the PEGI System is based on a Code of Conduct, a set of rules which every publisher of interactive software contractually commits to respect when using the PEGI system. The Code deals with age labelling, promotion and advertising of interactive products. It reflects the interactive software industry’s commitment and concern to provide information to the public in a responsible manner. With more than 20,000 games rated by the end of 2012 for distribution in 30 countries, the PEGI system displays a proven ability to rally virtually all publishers that make games available via retail in Europe.
Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia-Diensteanbieter e.V. (FSM)
The Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media Service Providers (FSM) is a non-profit association concerned with the protection of young people in online media. Members of the FSM are companies and associations from the Internet and Telecommunications industries. In 2011, the FSM introduced a self-classification tool for content providers (www.altersklassifizierung.de), which creates age labels that can be added as technical tags on websites. By this, parents get control tools that are able to grant access to a specific website according to the age of the child. The tool is also available in English. The FSM has expert knowledge in the field of online classification, age labels and youth protection. As founding members of INHOPE and third party advisor to the CEO Coalition to Make the Internet a Better Place for Children the FSM has got experience in conducting international projects.
Narodni centrum bezpecnejsiho internetu - National Safer Internet Centre (NCBI)
The National Safer Internet Centre (NCBI) has been established in 2007 as a non-profit association of legal entities to support activities of the Safer Internet project in the Czech Republic. Since 2009 the NCBI is managing the national awareness centre of the Safer Internet projects co-funded by the European Commission in the frame of the Safer Internet program. The NBCI is organizing professional conferences, workshops and campaigns striving to empower children, parents, teachers, professionals working in crime prevention, social workers, etc. in safer use of the Internet. A very important part of its activities is the education and work with children and youths. The experiences and breadth of activities implemented now create a new goal for the NCBI – to create a platform for cooperation on promoting safer use of online technologies. Currently NCBI coordinates the Safer Internet project and implements a number of another, mostly international projects in the field of raising awareness of safer use of the Internet. Among them the Social Web Social Work project focusing on development and support of online skills of social workers in this area, the POSCON project seeks to promote and encourage the creation of positive online content for children, Proti nenavisti is a project against hatred on the Internet (No hate speech movement) initiated by the Council of Europe and implemented by the NCBI in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. Very important in terms of promoting standards for safe use of online technologies in schools and public places of the Internet access is eSafetyLabel project initiated by the European Schoolnet network of Ministries of Education, which is realized in the Czech Republic by the NCBI. In addition, a number of projects have been organized by the NCBI in cooperation with public authorities – for instance the traditional Prague-safely online project and newly the Vysocina – safely online.
JusProg, a registered non-profit society, is an NGO concerned with the protection of kids and teens on the internet. Founded in 2003 in Germany, JusProg e.V. for more than ten years provides a free-to-install and free-to-use parental control software (“jugendschutzprogramm.de”) for parents, schools and everybody else who wants to protect children on the open internet. Parental Control of JusProg has been (together with the PC from Deutsche Telekom) the very first and so far only parental control system officially approved by law by the German government (KJM) and is the only one free for everybody to use approved parental control system in Germany. Parental Control software of JusProg is available for Desktop-Computers (Windows) and together with the partner-company Vodafone for Mobile Devices (Android) in Germany and Netherlands. JusProg e.V. uses its own and especially for youth protection made filter list of possible harmful websites. This JusProg list is builded and permanently controlled by several human researchers and backed by automatic age classification systems. JusProg parental control provides individ-ual content filtering for minors depending on four age-classes. In addition to this JusProg was the first parental control system supporting age-de.xml website-labels in Germany and includes the governmental BPjM list of forbidden websites and the wellknown white list of kids pages fragFINN in the filter decision. The NGO JusProg e.V. is mainly financed by its members what are companies and associations from the internet industries. JusProg e.V. is able to licence use of its approved high quality filter list to other providers of parental control systems in Europe.
Optenet is a security software vendor for ISPs, which provides a full UTM platform, especially including Web Filtering that enables operators to offer a wide range of security services to their customers in a Security as a Service fashion. Most current client ISPs and mobile operators offer Optenet Web Filter as a Parental Control to their subscribers. Optenet technologies are based on more than ten years of R&D projects co-funded by the European Commission and other public agencies, including NetProtect I and II, and SIFT, with top performance evaluations in Parental Controls like that performed by the SIP-BENCH EC project in 2008.