Accessibility, Multilingualism and Safer Internet

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  • An inclusive dialogue with European citizens thanks to eTranslation
    on April 26, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    The platform supporting the Conference on the Future of Europe went live on 19 April 2021. It is an innovative space where citizens are able to discuss the future of Europe, share their ideas and submit proposals on topics that matter to them in any of the 24 official EU languages. This new interactive instrument and unique example of participatory democracy is powered by eTranslation, one of the AI based language tools developed by the European Commission.

  • Safer Internet Day 2021: A better internet for children and young people
    on February 8, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Last Tuesday, 9 February 2021, was Safer Internet Day. Launched in 2004 and promoted by the EU-funded network of Safer Internet Centres in Member States, the day was celebrated online in more than 170 countries worldwide. The theme “Together for a better internet” is a call for everyone to join in making the internet a safer and better place, especially for children and young people.

  • Digital opportunities and challenges for families in the time of COVID-19 – How to better protect and empower our kids
    on February 1, 2021 at 11:55 am

    To celebrate the 2021 Safer Internet Day, Connect University is organising two events on 12 February with the aim to raise awareness on child online protection and empowerment.

  • Building an inclusive digital world for children with disabilities – blog post by Khalil Rouhana
    on December 3, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Children with disabilities have the right to access and use digital tools. The Safer Internet Forum, organised by the European Commission every November, had a special focus on creating an inclusive digital world for children and young people with disabilities this year.

  • Seventh meeting of the Web Accessibility Expert Group
    on December 2, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    The 7th WADEX meeting was initially foreseen on 19 March 2020 in Brussels. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the impossibility to travel, the agenda was split into a series of webinars taking place every 2 weeks between 28 April and 14 July 2020. This page includes a summary of the webinars and lists all relevant documents.

  • How language technology can help fight COVID-19 – by Khalil Rouhana
    on November 30, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    In the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, language technology (like Natural Language Processing) might not seem an obvious partner for medical research – and yet it is playing a vital role.

  • Give your feedback on the roadmap on the Web Accessibility Directive
    on November 20, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    The Commission would like to hear your views! Your feedback will be taken into account for further development and fine tuning of the initiative.

  • TikTok joins the Alliance to better protect minors online
    on November 19, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    TikTok joined the Alliance to better protect minors online to ensure safer and better online environment for children and young people. The framework of the Alliance is set in a Statement of Purpose, and companies are committed to complement the action plan with individual commitments according to their business activity. TikTok submitted their own commitments sharing the overview of ongoing and future actions on online safety.

  • Safer Internet Forum 2020 looks into digital inclusion
    on November 10, 2020 at 8:04 am

    The Safer Internet Forum is the key annual international conference on child online safety in Europe. This year’s theme is “Digital (dis)advantage: creating an inclusive world for children and young people online”. The theme examines challenges and opportunities that children with diverse disabilities encounter online and what kinds of solutions already exist to make their experiences better.

  • European Day of Languages with eTranslation
    on September 25, 2020 at 10:00 am

    On 23 March 2020 the European Commission opened eTranslation, a free-of-charge secure automated translation tool for European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Six months later, on the European Day of Languages, it is time to pause and take stock.

  • Web Accessibility Directive: websites of public sector bodies must be accessible as of now
    on September 22, 2020 at 9:46 am

    23 September 2020 marked an important milestone for internet users with disabilities. The Web Accessibility Directive has to be implemented by the public sector across the EU, so public website are accessible for persons with disabilities.

  • Online discussion on the Web Accessibility Directive
    on September 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    The Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology invites you to an online discussion on the Web Accessibility Directive, co-organised with the European Disability Forum, on 23 September 2020.

  • Study on framework of best practices to tackle child sexual abuse material online
    on August 3, 2020 at 8:37 am

    With this study, the European Commission has undertaken research on the various factors influencing how INHOPE hotlines across the EU’s 27 Member States, the UK, Canada and the US deal with the reporting, identification and removal of online child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

  • eTranslation now speaks Chinese
    on July 13, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    eTranslation, the EU’s automated translation tool now offers automatic translation to and from Chinese (simplified). Chinese is the second non-EU language being served by eTranslation, as Russian was introduced earlier this year.

  • Study on Implementation of the Web Accessibility Directive – monitoring, reporting and evaluation
    on June 30, 2020 at 8:00 am

    The Commission has published the results of the Study on Implementation of the Web Accessibility Directive – monitoring, reporting and evaluation. The recommendations and the key benchmark indicators identified will provide a solid basis for the new study to be launched by the end of 2020 in relation with the obligatory review of the Web Accessibility Directive.

  • Fourth meeting of the expert group on Safer Internet for Children
    on June 25, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    The fourth meeting of the expert group on Safer Internet for Children took place online on 17 June 2020. The minutes of the meeting are now available.

  • Exploring potential of AI in fight against child online abuse
    on June 11, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    On 11 February, the international Safer Internet Day, the EU-funded INHOPE network together with experts from industry, law enforcement agencies and academia met in a workshop dedicated to the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in the fight against online child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

  • SME consultation on eTranslation and language technologies
    on June 9, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Since March 2020 eTranslation, the secure automated translation service provided by the European Commission is open to all European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) free-of-charge. Before opening eTranslation to European SMEs, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) conducted a consultation to better understand the SME interests, needs, usage and use cases for automated translation and language technologie

  • Pilot Project: developing a strategic research, innovation and implementation agenda and a roadmap for achieving full digital language equality in Europe by 2030
    on May 28, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    This Call for Proposals follows the EP Pilot Project ” Developing a strategic research, innovation and implementation agenda and a roadmap for achieving full digital language equality in Europe by 2030″. It seeks proposals by a consortium composed of at least three legal entities from at least two EU Member States or EEA countries.

  • Pilot Project: Outline and trial an infrastructure dedicated to the implementation of child rights and protection mechanisms in the online domain
    on May 26, 2020 at 9:37 am

    This Call for Proposals follows the EP Pilot Project “Outline and trial an infrastructure dedicated to the implementation of child rights and protection mechanisms in the online domain based on the GDPR and other existing EU legislation relevant for the child within the online domain”. It seeks proposals by a consortium composed of at least 5 legal entities from at least 3 different EU Member States and EEA countries.

  • Language technologies in the Digital Europe programme – Stakeholder consultation
    on May 6, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    A consultation workshop with language technology (LT) stakeholders took place on 10 and 11 February 2020 in Brussels. The workshop gathered 50 representatives of the European LT community, mainly developers and providers of LT software and services but also LT users from different sectors for 1,5 days of intense discussions and team work.

  • Report on the Joint Stakeholder Consultation on Research and Innovation in Web Accessibility and Language Technologies
    on April 28, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    On the 3rd and 4th of October 2019, the European Commission hosted a stakeholder consultation to prepare for the Horizon Europe programme. Around 50 experts from major European research centres, universities and industries specialising in Web Accessibility and Language Technologies gathered in Luxembourg to share their views and identify trends and challenges that may inform future Research and Innovation actions of the European Commission.

  • Report on the Joint Stakeholder Consultation on Research and Innovation in Web Accessibility and Language Technologies
    on April 27, 2020 at 10:54 am

    On the 3rd and 4th of October 2019, the European Commission hosted a stakeholder consultation to prepare for the Horizon Europe programme. Around 50 experts from major European research centres, universities and industries specialising in Web Accessibility and Language Technologies gathered in Luxembourg to share their views and identify trends and challenges that may inform future Research and Innovation actions of the European Commission.

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