Safer Internet Forum 2019

Please see the agenda of the event below or click here to download the PDF version.
Please note that individual session descriptions, speakers, content and timings may still be subject to slight change and any amendments will be published here.

When registering, you will be prompted to select two "deep dive" sessions from a total of five (DD1-DD5), or the INHOPE@20 session for the duration of that agenda segment (DD6) (please see below the agenda for deep dive session descriptions). Although we will endeavour to honour all choices, alternatives may be offered if sessions are oversubscribed.

(current as of 12/11/2019 but may still be subject to minor changes)

08.30 – 09.30

Arrival and registration

09.30 – 09.45

Welcome from the European Commission

Video address from Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

Gail Kent, Director, Directorate Data, DG CONNECT, European Commission

09.45 – 11.00

From online violence to digital respect
Keynote speaker: Thordis Elva (Writer | Speaker | Journalist)

This opening keynote will provide an overview of the challenges faced by children and young people online, with a focus on the online abuse of women and girls, including online hate speech, image-based sexual violence, and other forms of technology-facilitated gender-based violence.

•    Roger Loppacher, President, Consell de l'Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC)
•    Thomas Myrup Kristensen, Managing Director EU Affairs, Facebook
•    Stephen Turner, Head of Public Policy, Government and Philanthropy, Twitter
Chair: June Lowery, Head of Unit, Accessibility, Multilingualism and Safer Internet, DG CONNECT, European Commission

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.45

Flip the consultation – a dialogue led by youth

Youth are often involved in stakeholder consultations. While having their voices heard is a start, a proper follow-up to the issues and priorities they raise often does not follow.

Following the “flipped classroom” model, this session will shift the consultation perspective. A group of young people will identify a set of concrete problems in advance, based on their personal views and experiences of digital violence. They will share some of the challenges they face, while explaining how digital respect should look in order to make a difference.

Forum participants will then take part in small-group discussions in order to deepen – together with the young people present – their understanding of what is at stake, while building towards remedial strategies and solutions.

Panel: Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Panellists

Chair: Sabrina Vorbau, European Schoolnet (EUN)

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch break

13.45 – 14.45


15.15 – 16.15

Deep dive sessions


• DD1: Online sexual violence and misogyny in gaming
• DD2: Sexual violence against men and boys


• DD3: Online sexual harassment (deShame)
• DD4: Online hate (SELMA)


• DD5: Using AI as a solution

There will be a coffee break between sessions
INHOPE@20: The impact of a global network in combatting online child sexual abuse material (DD6)

This session is a celebration of the INHOPE network and a review of what has been achieved over the past 20 years in combatting illegal online content and, specifically, child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

Please note, this session will run from 13.45 until 16.15.

There will be a coffee break during this session

16.15 – 17.00

Young people using social media to bring about change

Online awareness-raising campaigns, such as #MeToo, have been instrumental in highlighting the widespread prevalence of online harassment. This session will showcase the stories of several young people who have used social media and online platforms to bring about positive change.

  • Emma Holten, Human rights activist
  • Gina Martin, Author and activist
  • Sara Sjölander, Girl Child Platform
Chair: Lili Leißer, Austrian Safer Internet Centre and BIK Youth Ambassador


Close of Safer Internet Forum 2019 

Claire Bury, Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission


SIF reception – sponsored by INHOPE@20 

Please note that individual session descriptions, speakers, content and timings may be subject to slight change.

Deep dive sessions

All participants will attend two “deep dive” sessions out of a possible five (DD1-DD5) (each session will run twice (from 13.45 – 14.45 and again from 15.15 – 16.15). 
will attend the INHOPE@20 session (DD6) for the duration of this agenda segment 
(13.45 until 16.15).

An indication of the session focus is given below.



DD1: Online sexual violence and misogyny in gaming

Many reports suggest that women and girls are marginalised and sexualised in gaming culture. This session will consider some of the complex issues around gender bias in gaming and the challenges that women and girls face in these environments, as well as discussing some possible solutions.

Session leader: Lavinia McLean, Head of the Department of Humanities, Technological University Dublin

DD2: Sexual violence against men and boys

Research suggests that online sexual harassment takes place in a gendered context and is deeply rooted in structural relationships of inequality between men and women. This in turn produces disproportionately negative outcomes for women and girls. However, despite the fact that women and girls are more likely to be targeted with online sexual harassment, it is still a significant problem for boys and men. This session will consider what we know about the scale of the problem, why it is so under-reported, and strategies to address this.

Session leader: Nick Dunne, Psychosexual Therapist, Brook

DD3: Online sexual harassment (deSHAME)

Project deSHAME (Digital Exploitation and Sexual Harassment Among Minors in Europe) aims to increase reporting of online sexual harassment among young people, and improve multi-sector cooperation in preventing and responding to this behaviour. Session participants will hear more about the project and use some of the resources that have been created.

Session leader: Maithreyi Rajeshkumar, Policy and Communications Manager, Childnet

DD4: Online hate (SELMA)

Online hate speech is a growing problem. Education is part of the solution in order to encourage digital respect. The SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) project builds upon a social and emotional learning (SEL) approach to empower young people to become agents of change. It helps them to better understand the phenomenon of online hate, and provides them with tools and strategies to act and make a difference. This workshop will allow participants to engage with some of the materials prepared as part of the project, and gain a more in-depth understanding of the approaches used.

Session leaders: Ken Corish, Online Safety Director, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) (UK); Stefanie Fächner, Media Education Consultant, German Awareness Centre (DE); Niels-Christian Bilenberg, Helpline Coordinator, Cyberhus (DK)

DD5: Using AI as a solution

This session will showcase two different applications of AI (artificial intelligence) to encourage digital respect and to prevent/disrupt child sexual abuse online.

Led by industry stakeholders, this session will explore new social media tools aimed at helping users who may be about to make a comment that could be offensive, and age-verification tools which are being used and developed to safeguard children and young people from inappropriate communications with adults.

Session leaders: Julie Dawson, Director of Regulatory & Policy, Yoti and Milan Zubicek, Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager, Google

DD6: INHOPE@20: The impact of a global network in combatting online child sexual abuse material

This session is a celebration of the INHOPE network and a review of what has been achieved over the past 20 years in combatting illegal online content and, specifically, child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

With contributions from long-standing INHOPE hotlines, EC representatives, industry stakeholders and child-welfare professionals, the session will reflect on the challenges and achievements over the past 20 years. This will include discussing the lessons that have been learned and how we have used those to shape future activities under the heading of “Back to the Future”. The session will also set out the vision for the INHOPE network into the future as it faces the constantly evolving challenges in finding and removing CSAM from the internet.

Session leaders: Denton Howard, Executive Director, INHOPE and Fred Langford, President, INHOPE