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Working with international forums and networks

eSafety takes part in various international forums and networks and presents at conferences around the world.
 
Australia’s leadership and involvement in these forums and networks allows us to share our knowledge and experience, promote online safety regulation and advocate for stronger online safety protections around the world.

We also contribute to the work of several major international networks and organisations. Through these, we help address existing and emerging online safety challenges and we promote eSafety’s priorities. 

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The Global Online Safety Regulators Network

The Global Online Safety Regulators Network was established in 2022 and is the only international forum dedicated to supporting collaboration between online safety regulators. Through this, we aim to make sure the approach to online safety between countries is as consistent and coherent as possible.  

Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse

In March 2022, Australia joined the Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Online Harassment and Abuse, with the eSafety Commissioner as Australia’s lead representative.  

This partnership brings together national governments, international organisations, the private sector and civil society organisations. Its aim is to understand, prevent and address technology-facilitated gender-based violence. 

The partnership focuses on:

  • closing the gender digital divide by promoting online safety, accountability and meaningful connectivity
  • promoting meaningful participation in public life for women and girls in all their diversity by countering technology-facilitated gender-based violence and gendered disinformation
  • elevating youth voices, expertise and experience in preventing and addressing technology-facilitated gender-based violence and promoting online safety. 

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) brings together the technology industry, government, civil society organisations and academia. Its aim is to foster collaboration and information-sharing, to counter terrorist and violent extremist activity online. eSafety participates in the Forum’s working groups, alongside the Department of Home Affairs.

Global Coalition for Digital Safety at the World Economic Forum

The Global Coalition for Digital Safety aims to accelerate public-private cooperation to tackle harmful content online and serves to exchange best practices for new online safety regulation, take coordinated action to reduce the risk of online harms, and drive forward collaboration on programs to enhance digital media literacy.

INHOPE

INHOPE is a global network combating online child sexual abuse material. The network consists of 54 hotlines in 50 countries that provide the public with a way to anonymously report illegal content online, with a focus on child sexual abuse material. eSafety is the Australian INHOPE member for reporting child sexual exploitation material. The mission of INHOPE is to support cooperation and information-sharing between hotlines, to maximise their global effectiveness.

Institute for Strategic Dialogue Digital Policy Lab

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue Digital Policy Lab (DPL) is an intergovernmental working group focused on regulatory and policy approaches to prevent and counter disinformation, hate speech, extremism and terrorism online. It comprises a core group of senior representatives of ministries and regulators from key liberal democratic countries. The DPL fosters intergovernmental exchange, provides policymakers with access to sector-leading expertise and research, and builds an international community of policy practice around digital regulatory challenges. eSafety participates in the DPL alongside the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts.

WeProtect Global Alliance

WeProtect Global Alliance is as a global multi-stakeholder response to combating online child sexual abuse. It brings together governments, the private sector, civil society organisations and international organisations to develop policies and solutions to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse online. The Commissioner is a Board Member of the WeProtect Global Alliance. eSafety participates in We Protect Global Taskforce, which aims to promote improved cooperation and collaboration among governments, alongside the Attorney General’s Department.

European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights

The European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights is a cross-party and cross-national group comprising over 120 members of the European Parliament, and 26 child-focused organisations, with the aim of mainstreaming children’s rights in all EU policies and legislation.

In January 2024, the Co-Chairs of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights and Australia’s eSafety Commissioner jointly decided to closer cooperation on online safety and promoting children’s rights in the digital environment. 

For more information see: Joint statement: Cooperation on online safety and promoting children's rights in the digital environment.

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Last updated: 24/01/2024