Businesses were encouraged to develop much safer Internet procedures yesterday during the 'Safe Internet For Everyone' conference in Lisse, Holland.
The conference marked the launch of the Safe Internet Foundation (SIF), an initiative funded by software chief Jan Baan that aims to create a secure and reliable online environment.
SIF aims to make people aware of the importance of a safe Internet, looking at problems including pornography, user privacy, viruses and the need for secure financial transactions.
Initially based in the Netherlands, SIF founding members include Air Miles and Aladdin Knowledge Systems. The initiative is supported by the Dutch government and the European Commission. SIF will set up an office in the UK in the "next few weeks" with a view to expanding into France, Germany and Spain.
Ton Jansen, director of SIF, said: "Internet safety is a world issue. Cooperation is clearly needed, and we ask the business world to boost our membership to create a platform to promote safe Internet solutions."
A number of activities to promote a safer Internet have been planned by the SIF, including an annual international conference next November, the first to be held in the UK, and a cybersafe month in the Netherlands in April.
The Safe Internet Foundation also plans to bring together a package of software, called the 'Safe Internet Suite', focusing on privacy, viruses and content filtering. The suite includes Click Choice's My Filter, software designed to help users manage and classify Web pages. It can be downloaded from the SIF site for free.
The foundation aims to work closely with existing initiatives, including the Safe America Foundation (SAF), formed in 1992. Len Pagano, president and chief executive of SAF, said: "The Safe Internet Foundation is a good initiative which can reach large numbers of users. By working together we can learn from each other and can create a world standard of Internet safety."
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago