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!
- 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.