INHOPE #reportit - You have the power to stop CSAM
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.
What is a report?
A "report" refers to a URL that contains potentially illegal images or videos. One report can contain an unlimited number of images and videos. In 2018, 155,240 child sexual abuse material (CSAM) related reports were exchanged via ICCAM, an increase of almost 80 per cent from 2017, from which 226,999 images and videos were assessed as illegal.
Every INHOPE hotline deals with CSAM reports, and many also handle other types of content, like the American hotline, CyberTipline, which deals with reports such as child sexual abuse material, online enticement of children for sexual acts, child sex trafficking, child sexual molestation, child sex tourism, misleading domain name, misleading words or digital images on the internet, unsolicited obscene material sent to a child.
Therefore, knowing what to report to a hotline is important. Relevant information helps hotlines focus on fighting the issues effectively. Visit the website of your country's hotline to see what content they deal with before making a report.
How do you make a report?
Find your country's hotline via the INHOPE website and follow the steps on their reporting form. This will usually include some basic information about the content and a space to insert the URL that contains the content. All reports can be made anonymously!
Strong and resilient, INHOPE member hotlines have continued the fight against child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online during the Coronavirus pandemic. Like many other sectors however, COVID 19 has had a significant impact on the work of hotlines. To classify illegal material and send the URLs to law enforcement or a hosting provider, hotlines have agreements with national authorities to allow them to review CSAM reports. To do this in a safe and secure manner, each hotline must have a secure area, available only to authorised staff. Illegal material can then only be reviewed through a computer with specific technical and physical security protocols in place. So, what do you do when you can't easily access hotline buildings due to a worldwide pandemic?
From Monday, 9 March to Tuesday, 14 April 2020, INHOPE, the International As-sociation of Internet Hotlines, is running a #reportit campaign across social me-dia to promote the importance of reporting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) when encountered online.
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.
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.