Europe and Japan will work together on a strategy to make the Internet safer for children and teenagers.
The new strategy was announced by Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Wednesday. On Thursday, she met with Tatsuo Kawabata, Japanese minister for Internal affairs and Communications to discuss how the European Union and Japan could collaborate on such plans.
Although the strategy is for industry self regulation, the digital agenda spokesman said in an email that the European Commission would intervene if self regulation does not deliver. However “a regulation-only approach would fail,” he said.
Researches in Japan are hard at work developing an internet-enabled kissing simulator that will allow lovers – or perfect strangers – to reach out and buss someone.
"This device is for communications within the mouth," researcher Nobuhiro Takahashi of the Kajimoto Laboratory at The University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo told DigInfo TV. "In other words, the goal is to obtain the feeling of kissing."
Leering across the intertubes
Takahashi and his fellow researchers’ project is boffinistically described on the Laboratory’s website – and, in our opinion, rather less-than-alluringly illustrated (right) – as "Development of a kiss-like remote mouth communication device for close relationships".