On November 20, Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia hosted a round table at the Royal Palace on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and children’s safety online. At the meeting, key players such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Europol and Amazon participated together with a number of other companies and non-profit organizations.
“It was very positive to be able to bring together some of the world’s most prominent players and experts in this area for a constructive spirit, says The Royal Couple.
“It is our hope that the clear ambitions expressed at the meeting are now being followed up with concrete measures to use the technology to prevent child abuse.”
The round table was organized by the World Childhood Foundation and Global Child Forum in conjunction with the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Children’s Convention.
“The response from the participants has been extremely positive. We see that these are actors who can, and want, to use their platforms to protect children online,” says Paula Guillet de Monthoux, Secretary General, World Childhood Foundation.
The spread of abusive material on the net is increasing exponentially. However, there are technical possibilities to prevent the Internet from being used to commit and disseminate documented sexual abuse of children — but the opportunities are not yet fully exploited.
“This is no longer a technology issue. The technology exists,” says Cajsa Wiking, Secretary General, Global Child Forum.“We would like to encourage business leaders to prioritize this issue so that we can prevent the spread of abuse material to children. But there is also a need to discuss what regulations at national and international level can support such a development.”