Child sexual abuse material: the journey of a report
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.
In 2017, the INHOPE network of hotlines identified over 259,000 images and videos. This alarming and growing number calls for more robust actions from stakeholders across the world. Hotlines in Canada (Cybertip.ca) and UK (IWF) have deployed web crawlers to scour the internet for CSAM based on hashing technology. Large companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter also use their own hashing technology to combat illegal content within their networks.
"The internet is continually changing and it is important to stay ahead of the curve. Web crawling has been implemented to quickly rid the web of known illegal content. However, something new is always going to come around the corner and we need to adapt quickly to continue the fight against illegal content being distributed. In 2017, 82 per cent of the content identified by the INHOPE network depicted girls and the victims are getting younger" said Fred Langford, Deputy CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation and President of INHOPE.
Combatting CSAM requires action from everyone – including the general public. Therefore report it, don't ignore it!
- INHOPE (International Association of Internet Hotlines)
The second annual INHOPE Summit, Emma's Journey, took place in Facebook's Menlo Park HQ in California in June 2019. It brought together representatives from the technology sector, the US Department of Justice, child advocates from both sides of the Atlantic, and law enforcement, to highlight the critical work that the INHOPE network of hotlines does every day.
- INHOPE (International Association of Hotlines)
Online distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is a rapidly expanding global problem and the INHOPE network is at the lead in facing this challenge. INHOPE is a global network of hotlines combating online CSAM with 46 hotlines in 41 countries. Hotlines enable the public to report online material, including potential CSAM, that they suspect to be illegal. The hotline will review and investigate each report. If confirmed as illegal, they work with partner hotlines in the network, law enforcement and industry to get the content removed, as rapidly as possible, from the internet.
- The Internet Watch Foundation, the UK hotline
The Internet Watch Foundation's (IWF) 2018 Annual Report has been published on Thursday, 25 April 2019. It provides the latest data and trends on what's happening globally to tackle child sexual abuse images and videos online.
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.
- UK Safer Internet Centre
IWF (the Internet Watch Foundation), a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, are the UK's hotline for reporting and removing sexual images of children online. The IWF's Deputy CEO Fred Langford has become the next President of INHOPE (International Association of Internet Hotlines), the umbrella organisation uniting a global network of hotlines tackling child sexual abuse imagery online and child sexual exploitation.