NEWS 2014

INHOPE celebrates in Dubrovnik 15 years of good work and looks at the future of child online protection

November 17, 2014

Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of its founding, INHOPE - The International Association of Internet Hotlines held its second annual members' meeting in the World Heritage City of Dubrovnik from 11-13 November. Hosted by the Croatian Center for Missing and Exploited Children (CNZD), the three-day conference was attended by delegations from 34 countries. 

INHOPE, more than a network

Upon opening the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Milanka Opačić said "there are too many cowards abusing children on the Internet", before going over Croatia's efforts in fighting online child sexual exploitation. With a regional focus on tackling child sex trafficking, delegates shared experiences, latest developments and best common practices. Partners and high-level speakers from the OSCE, Facebook, Insafe, the US Marshals, NCMEC or the German BKA all demonstrated that no one can work in isolation and cooperation is a must when it comes to child online protection. 

Stronger partnerships with law enforcement and the high-tech industry drive faster and better results. INHOPE's President Amela Efendic said “INHOPE does not seek to do the job of law enforcement agencies. We are a partner to law enforcement in receiving, viewing, analysing, sorting and confirming child sexual abuse images, so they could focus on processing the images confirmed as child abuse.”

“Children of today are on a high level of information literacy, extensively using the Internet for various purposes. That is great, as long as we do our best to make the internet a safer and better place for all of them.” 

With the upcoming 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), INHOPE's reporting hotlines, as first responders and advocates, are increasingly recognised as playing a central role in the online safety ecosystem. 

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