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INHOPE hotlines receive reports from the general public with potentially illegal photos and videos on child sexual abuse material (CSAM). In order to take the necessary actions to remove CSAM from the internet, content needs to be reviewed by a hotline analyst. However, viewing this content can be very harmful and disruptive to the mental health of an individual. Therefore, INHOPE's network of hotlines created a best practice guide on staff welfare and recently organised a panel discussion with hotlines outlining their effective methods to safeguard the wellbeing of analysts.Read more
- Portuguese Safer Internet Centre
The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) commemorated Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 by promoting a series of activities and resources. The planning started early to organise an event called "Online for human rights" which encountered a wide audience, both among the general public and among policymakers who have an influence on the internet governance sphere in the country. As Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General for the Council of Europe put it, "hate speech has become one of the most common forms of intolerance and xenophobia in Europe today (…) When the unacceptable starts to be accepted, becomes "the norm", there is a true threat to human rights".Read more
- Point de Contact, the French hotline
Dealing with harmful content such as child sexual abuse material or online terrorist propaganda is not an easy task. Harmful content may affect all those who are exposed to it in their professional capacity. All organisations dedicated to handle and process such content must safeguard the well-being of their staff.Read more
INHOPE and its extensive network of member hotlines work to eliminate online child sexual abuse material (CSAM). During Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2018, Fred Langford, Deputy CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and INHOPE President, and Peter-Paul Urlaub, consultant at eco complaints office and INHOPE Board Member, gave a presentation on the journey of a report on CSAM.Read more
- Te Protejo, the Colombian hotline
On Wednesday, 26 September 2018, Te Protejo, the hotline in Colombia, hosted the sixth edition of "Conectados para Protegerlos" (Connected to protect them).Read more
- BIK Team
Sunday, 18 November 2018 is the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. Organised by the Council of Europe (CoE), it aims to raise public awareness of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, and the need to prevent such acts.Read more
- jugendschutz.net, German Internet Hotline
In a systematic study of the circulation route of the depictions of sexualised poses on the internet, jugendschutz.net evaluated 772 sources and concluded that the pedosexual online group is operating in an exclusive network.Read more
- No Grey Areas of Child Sexual Exploitation network
Images of children sexual exploitation is an ongoing issue on the internet. These images range from depictions of sexual abuse to the presentation of children as sex objects and even everyday photos tagged with sexualised comments.Read more
- National Media and Infocommunications Authority of Hungary
In July 2018, the National Media and Infocommunications Authority of Hungary launched a new campaign to promote the internet hotline. This campaign features commonly used emojis in two different contexts: in the first instance, they have a harmless meaning, whilst in the other their meaning can be abusive, offensive or threatening.Read more
- APLE Cambodia (Internet Hotline Cambodia (IHC))
While technology provides a lot of benefits, it has also been exploited for illegal activities such as producing, accessing and distributing child sexual abuse materials (CSAM). Online child sexual exploitation (OCSE) is a growing concern among stakeholders, however, not many people are aware of or recognise the nature and scope of the problem.Read more