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From Monday, 9 March to Tuesday, 14 April 2020, INHOPE, the International Association of Internet Hotlines, is running a #reportit campaign across social media to promote the importance of reporting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) when encountered online.Read more
A single anonymous report can have an incredibly huge impact. INHOPE's member hotlines have countless success stories, in which a public report has led to successful investigations into cases of child sexual abuse and in some cases, to the arrests of the offenders. Below are just a few examples.Read more
When you report something to a hotline in your country you may wonder what impact this has. In the majority of cases, the INHOPE member hotlines work both indirectly and directly with law enforcement officials and internet service providers. This means that when you report content you believe to contain child sexual abuse material (CSAM) to your local hotline, this information will be passed to the police who do have the power to investigate the crime that is being committed. In some instances, the hotline can even report the content to the internet service provider and have the content removed directly from the internet.Read more
Often when we see images online, we forget about the person behind the image. And that is fine when it is your friends' Instagram story of them on holiday, yet again. But when it is someone being sexually exploited or abused, forgetting about the person behind the image is dangerous. 2.2 billion people globally are under the age of 18, making them society's biggest group, and the most vulnerable to online harm.Read more
- APLE Cambodia, the Cambodian Safer Internet Day Committee
On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, at the National Education Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, APLE Cambodia, in collaboration with the National Committee for Counter Trafficking and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, held the event "Together for a better internet" in order to promote the safe use of digital technology, especially among children and young people.Read more
- Telefono Azzuro, the Italian hotline
The cooperation between Greece and Italy on the protection of children through actions and initiatives was the leading theme of the event held on 22 October 2019 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Athens, promoted by The Smile of the Child and Telefono Azzurro.Read more
- ECPAT Sweden, the Swedish hotline
There is a discrepancy between the prevalence of female offenders in child sexual abuse material, and the notably low number of cases against female offenders in the Swedish courts. There is a risk that society turns a blind eye towards an entire group of sexually abused children.Read more
- BIK Team
On Thursday, 21 November 2019, the Safer Internet Forum (SIF) took place in Brussels, Belgium. With a theme of "From online violence to digital respect", it also celebrated 20 years of safer/better internet funding by the European Commission. Below, read the summary of the INHOPE@20 deep dive session on the impact of a global network in combatting online child sexual abuse material (CSAM), led by Denton Howard, Executive Director of INHOPE and Fred Langford, President of INHOPE.Read more
- BIK Team
On Thursday, 21 November 2019, the Safer Internet Forum (SIF) took place in Brussels Belgium. With a theme of "From online violence to digital respect", it also celebrated 20 years of safer/better internet funding by the European Commission.Read more
"Responsible Internet Service Provider" initiative calls for improvements to cybersecurity in Latvia
- Latvian Safer Internet Centre
Information Technology Security Incident Prevention Institution CERT.LV cooperated with the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) and Internet service providers (ISP) to raise awareness of the initiative "Responsible Internet Service Provider", aiming to increase Latvia's cybersecurity capacities and to improve cooperation in the notice and takedown of illegal content online.Read more