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October 28, 2011

“Recommendations on the Development of an Environment that Provides Safe and Secure Internet Use - Towards Protection for Minors in the Smartphone Age - “Study Group on Examining Issues around ICT Services from the User Perspective”

 This is to announce that the “Study Group on Examining Issues around ICT Services from the User Perspective” (Chairman: Masao Horibe, emeritus professor at Hitotsubashi University) opened by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has compiled  “Recommendations on the Development of an Environment that Provides Safe and Secure Internet Use - Towards Protection for Minors in the Smartphone Age -”


1. Background

 The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) initiated the “Study Group on Examining Issues around ICT Services from the User Perspective” in April 2009 to consider specific countermeasures for various problems in response to needs that had arisen for arranging connections with various rights, such as the communication of secrets, personal information protection, and intellectual property protection, etc., due to the introduction of new services and distribution of information using new technologies, etc.
 As a result of studies beginning in September 2010, this Study Group compiled a “Draft Proposal for Maintenance of Environment for Youths' Safe and Secure Internet Use” and from July 23 to August 22, 2011 sought opinions on said draft proposal, in response to which 11 opinions were submitted (six from individuals, five from corporations, etc.).
 This announcement details the final proposal from the Study Group based on these opinions.


2. Outline of this proposal

 The main content of this proposal establishes five basic policies for the maintenance of the Internet environment used by young people, and it is hoped that a revision of regulations obligating the provision of filtering, etc. with regard to diverse Internet-ready devices, such as smart phones,will be supported by independent private initiatives rather than by the law.
 Additionally, there is a proposal for “Protection of Young People by Design” as a concept involving assumption from the design stage that newly supplied devices and services will be used by young people, with device and service design, maintenance of internal business systems and business-to-business systems, etc. carried out in a way that incorporates practical and effective protection of young people. Likewise, it is hoped that the relevant businesses will implement independent initiatives based on the aims of this proposal.
○ Outline of “Proposal for Maintenance of Environment for Youths' Safe and Secure Internet Use” (see enclosed documents(PDF:111KB))


3. Schedule

 The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) will steadily implement the necessary policy based on this proposal.


Related reports and documents, etc.

○ Official Announcement of First Proposal from “Study Group on Examining Issues around ICT Services from the User Perspective” (report published August 27, 2009)
○ Official Announcement of Second Proposal from “Study Group on Examining Issues around ICT Services from the User Perspective” (report published May 26, 2010)
○ Official Announcement of “Interim Report on Establishment of Environment for Youths' Safe and Secure Internet Use” (report published February 7, 2011)
○Appeal for Opinions on “Draft Proposal for Maintenance of Environment for Youths' Safe and Secure Internet Use” from “Study Group on Examining Issues around ICT Services from the User Perspective” (report published July 22, 2011)





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