NEWS 2013

The UK and the IWF report progress in the fight against online child sexual abuse content

November 20, 2013

On the 18th November, INHOPE's member the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) attended a summit hosted by the Prime Minister to discuss the fight against online child sexual abuse content. The IWF welcomed the announcements and all the steps taken by the online industry over the summer to more effectively combat online child sexual abuse images and videos.

IWF CEO, Susie Hargreaves said: “The IWF is a charity with a big mission to eliminate online child sexual abuse content. Only through working with many partners can we achieve this.
With the support and encouragement from the Government, the IWF and our Members have made progress in leaps and bounds this summer which will have a practical and tangible impact Over the past few months we have observed an unprecedented amount of truly positive and constructive action from Google, Microsoft and the broader industry. These measures will have a significant impact on our ability to tackle child abuse imagery online.

Everything that Google, Microsoft and wider industry is doing hones in on our core mission of eliminating online child sexual abuse content. It also support and supplements our new way of identifying these images and videos. From April, our team of analysts will be proactively seeking child sexual abuse content using their accrued experience and intelligence. This is a new and exciting way for us to be more effective at our core mission. To meet this need, we are more than doubling our analyst team and the recruitment of these staff members is well underway. The IWF is also relocating to larger offices to really future-proof our efforts.

The IWF will also take part in a pilot project with the Home Office, Google, Microsoft and CEOP.  We will be working in partnership to identify pathways to illegal material being shared via torrent feeds and subsequently remove access via the two market leaders in search. The job is far from done but it is safe to say we will reflect on this year as one of massive change. Both the IWF and our members have embraced this and I’m eager to see what this will do for the fight to remove some of the worst images and videos online.”

 

Find out more about last Summer's developments in the UK, read INHOPE's press release at the time:  http://inhope.pr.co/49708-where-there-s-a-will-there-s-a-way

Visit the Internet Watch Foundation website: https://www.iwf.org.uk/

 


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