10 February 2010

DE - Internet-Beschwerdestelle registriert mehr Meldungen

(Heise)
Internetnutzer haben sich im Jahr 2009 häufiger wegen illegaler Inhalte im Netz bei der Beschwerdestelle des Verbandes der deutschen Internetwirtschaft gemeldet als im Vorjahr. Mit 5987 Beschwerden sei die Zahl um 19 Prozent gestiegen, teilte der Verband in Köln anlässlich des "Safer Internet Day" mit. Der Verband betreibt die Beschwerdestelle gemeinsam mit der Freiwilligen Selbstkontrolle Multimedia-Dienstanbieter. Hauptsächlich seien Hinweise auf kinderpornografische und ähnliche Inhalte gemeldet worden.

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20 December 2009

Microsoft Tackles the Child Pornography Problem

(New York imes)
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children assists law-enforcement authorities by culling through 250,000 images a week, looking for illegal material, and sends daily alerts to 68 Internet service providers worldwide. It is difficult, labor-intensive work for all. But Microsoft is contributing new image-matching software, PhotoDNA, that promises to automate and streamline online child-pornography monitoring. The new software is the result of two years of collaboration by a team at Microsoft Research, led by Larry Zitnick, and a group at Dartmouth College. In test runs, PhotoDNA has processed images in less than five milliseconds each and accurately detected target images 98 percent of the time.

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07 December 2009

CN - Website porn tip-offs surge as China offers cash rewards to informers

(Xinhua)
Tip-offs on Internet and mobile WAP sites containing pornographic contents have surged in China as authorities announced to give each qualified informer with up to 10,000 yuan (1,465 U.S. dollars) in reward. Since the announcement, the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center had received more than 13,000 online tip-offs and more than 500 phone calls, 10 times the usual daily number. The center, together with ministries and the National Office against Pornographic and Illegal Publication, issued a circular encouraging the public to report on websites and mobile WAPsites that contain obscene information or put on illegal advertisements of sex products. China has launched several rounds of crackdowns on online pornography. In mid-November, the crackdown was extended to WAP sites that can be accessed by mobile handsets.

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09 November 2009

EU - INHOPE celebrated its 10th anniversary

(Europa)
INHOPE was founded in 1999 with 8 Member hotlines in Europe. Today, INHOPE has 35 Members all over the world, in 25 European countries, as well as international members from the US, Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, Russia and South Korea. The main objective of the network is to fight against illegal content online, and especially against child sexual abuse images. A Hotline is where the general public can report illegal Internet content, primarily child sexual abuse images. Illegal activity on the Internet is a cross border problem that no organisation can effectively tackle alone. Often illegal material reported to Hotlines is hosted beyond the borders of their own country and the national jurisdiction. The global network of INHOPE member hotlines provides a means to pass the relevant information, without delay, to be handled in the country where the site is hosted. Hotlines have the support of their national government, Internet industry, law enforcement, and Internet users in the country of operation and they offer effective transparent procedures for dealing with reports. The expansion of the network around the globe has increased the ability to remove child sex abuse images from the Internet and in consequence help to protect the children behind the images.

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16 October 2009

DE - Koalitionsvereinbarung: Web-Sperren weg, Vorratsdatenspeicherung eingeschränkt

(Heise)
Die für die Innen- und Rechtspolitik zuständige Koalitionsarbeitsgruppe von FDP und Union hat überraschend schnell einen Kompromiss ausgearbeitet, wonach die geplanten reinen Blockaden kinderpornographischer Seiten faktisch passé sind. Das Bundesinnenministerium soll das Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) anweisen, international stärker auf die tatsächliche Löschung kinderpornographischer Inhalte im Internet zu drängen. Zugleich wird der Wiesbadener Polizeibehörde untersagt, Sperrlisten an die Zugangsanbieter herauszugeben. Die bislang vom noch nicht in Kraft getretenen Zugangserschwerungsgesetz sowie in Verträgen großer Provider mit dem BKA vorgesehenen Web-Sperren könnten so nicht zur Anwendung kommen. Konkret setzen die Liberalen vor allem auf die Internetwirtschaft und die Verbesserung von Hotlines zum Löschen illegaler Inhalte wie INHOPE, dass das BKA auf dem kleinen Dienstweg über eine direkte Ansprache von Providern ohne den Umweg über ausländische Polizeibehörden mehr zum Entfernen kinderpornographischer Angebote aus dem Netz beitragen könnte.

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25 September 2009

FR - Les sites illégaux peuvent aussi être signalés depuis un mobile

(01net)
Pointdecontact.net, le site pour dénoncer les contenus illicites et choquants, est maintenant accessible sur les mobiles. Depuis le 23 septembre 2009, une version mobile est aussi en ligne à l'adresse www.pointdecontact.mobi.

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16 July 2009

NZ - Web filter will focus solely on child sex abuse images

(Press release)
A filtering system to block websites that host child sexual abuse images will be available voluntarily to New Zealand internet service providers (ISPs) within a couple of months, Internal Affairs Deputy Secretary, Keith Manch, said today. The Digital Child Exploitation Filtering System, funded with $150,000, will be operated by the Department in partnership with ISPs, and will focus solely on websites offering clearly objectionable images of child sexual abuse, which is a serious offence for anyone in New Zealand to access. The Department has entered into a partnership with ECPAT New Zealand, part of a global organisation the purpose of which is the elimination of child prostitution and pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes. "ECPAT is operating a hotline through its website so that members of the public can report suspect sites, not already identified by the Department." see also NZ Internet Filtering FAQ by Thomas Beagle.

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07 July 2009

FR - 26 000 signalements de contenus illicites transmis à la police

(O1;net)
Pendant plusieurs années, le public ne pouvait adresser à la police judiciaire, par Internet, que des signalements de sites impliqués dans des faits de pédophilie et de pédo-pornographie. Depuis janvier 2009, la nouvelle version du service, accessible sur internet-signalement.gouv.fr, est ouverte à tout type de crimes et délits : escroquerie, incitation à la haine raciale, etc. Résultat : le nombre de signalements a explosé, avec ce « portail officiel des contenus illicites de l'Internet ». En six mois, la police, a enregistré 26 222 signalements. 3 500 fiches ont été transmises à des services d'enquête et sur ce nombre, 762 ont entraîné une action - une ouverture d'enquête ou un blocage du site - de la police nationale (190 cas), de la gendarmerie (21), des douanes (8) ou encore de la répression des fraudes (3) mais aussi de services étrangers, en passant par Interpol. C'est le cas pour 540 signalements pour les six premiers mois de 2009. Pour l'essentiel, cela concernait des cas de pédo-pornographie.

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14 June 2009

DE - Kriminalbeamte schlagen "Notrufsäule" im Netz vor

(Heise)
Der Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BDK) spricht sich für mehr Sicherheit im Netz aus und hat der Bundesfamilienministerin Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) ein umsetzungsreifes Konzept vorgelegt. Das sagte BDK-Chef Klaus Jansen der Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung. Das Konzept umfasst eine Aufklärungskampagne unter dem Motto "Der 8. Sinn im Netz" sowie das Online-Angebot "Web Patrol" und eine Software, mit der Übergriffe oder Verstöße im Netz gemeldet werden können. Das Konzept will Jansen auf dem 14. Deutschen Präventionstag in Hannover der Öffentlichkeit vorstellen. see also One Click Away from a Cop (Spiegel).

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14 May 2009

EU - Russia and South Africa join INHOPE network

(Press Release)
The INHOPE network has three new Internet Hotlines from Russia and South Africa, expanding the network to 35 Hotlines in 31 countries around the globe. Hotline Contact details: Film Publication Board (South Africa), Friendly Runet Foundation and National Internet-Safety Node in Russia (Russia)

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30 April 2009

UK - 'Reduction' seen in abuse sites

(BBC)
The number of websites showing and selling images of child abuse has fallen in the last 12 months. The number of sites hosting such images dropped by 10% in 2008, reveal figures from the Internet Watch Foundation. The watchdog warned that the fall in numbers masked a rise in the severity of images seen on the remaining sites. see also Child Porn Websites Domains Concentrated in Ten Registries (Goldstein Report) A small number of registries and registrars are responsible for three-quarters of child porn websites says the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) in their annual report. The IWF found 74 per cent of child sexual abuse domains they traced are commercial operations selling indecent images of children with 76 per cent of these (some 850 unique domains) are registered with just ten unnamed domain name registries. Of these, five registries and registrars accounted for 55 per cent of all the commercial child sexual abuse domains known to IWF during 2008.

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29 April 2009

UK - Policing the dark side of the net

(BBC)
The BBC goes behind the scenes at the Internet Watch Foundation to see how its researchers cope with the psychologically demanding job of policing sites peddling images of child abuse. The watchdog that blocked a Wikipedia page last year over a rock album cover says it still believes that the image at the heart of that controversy was illegal. But the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) says it has moved on after the row in December 2008, and claims its quest to eradicate child abuse images from the web is now having real success.

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22 February 2009

UK - IWF chief: why Wikipedia block went wrong

(ZDNet.co.uk)
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an organisation set up by internet service providers to monitor child sexual abuse websites, caused a furore in December when it attempted to block a page on online collaborative encyclopaedia Wikipedia. Through a combination of technical factors, people wishing to edit Wikipedia were blocked from doing so, causing an outcry. The image the IWF tried to block was the LP cover for Virgin Killer, a 1976 album by German rock band Scorpions. Peter Robbins, chief executive of the IWF, talked to ZDNet UK about the fallout from the decision to block the page, and whether self-regulation of internet content is effective.

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12 December 2008

UK - Why the IWF was wrong to lift its ban on a Wikipedia page

(OUT-LAW News)
EDITORIAL: The Internet Watch Foundation faced a storm of criticism this week over its decision to add a Wikipedia entry to a blacklist of pages that ISPs block. Under pressure, the IWF removed the image from its blacklist. That decision was a mistake.

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10 December 2008

U.K. Internet watchdog backtracks on Wikipedia ban

(CNET)
The UK's Internet watchdog reversed its decision to prevent users in that country from visiting a Wikipedia page containing an image of a naked child. The Internet Watch Foundation had taken exception with a page dedicated to a 1976 album by rock band The Scorpions. The cover of that album - called Virgin Killer -includes the image of a prepubescent girl, which the group deemed a "potentially illegal indecent image," landing Wikipedia on the group's blacklist. As a result, Internet service providers in the U.K. began filtering access to all pages of the online encyclopedia over the weekend. The IWF reversed that decision after an appeal and presentation by the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia. "The IWF board has today considered these findings and the contextual issues involved in this specific case, and - in the light of the length of time the image has existed and its wide availability - the decision has been taken to remove this Web page from our list," it said. see How to make child-porn blocks safe for the internet (Guardian) by Cory Doctorow.

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26 October 2008

EU - European alert platform for Internet offences

(Consilium)
Council Conclusions on setting up national alert platforms and a European alert platform for reporting offences noted on the Internet. 2899th Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting, Luxembourg, 24 October 2008.

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25 October 2008

UK - Users urged to report abuse sites

(BBC)
Web users are being urged to help spot illegal and obscene content online. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is running an awareness campaign to tell web users how to report images of child sexual abuse. The campaign comes in response to IWF research which suggests 77% of people who find illegal content do not know how to report what they have seen. Banner adverts, e-mail messages and information pages are being used to educate people about how to report.

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12 October 2008

IE / AU - Network of child sexual abuse websites brought down

(Press Release)
The Irish Internet Hotline has collaborated with the Australian Communications and Media Authority to disable a network of websites that provided access to child sexual abuse material. The action was initiated by an anonymous report from a member of the Irish public to the Hotline.ie website. Hotline.ie analysts confirmed the images were illegal under Irish law and found that the site was part of a network of related sites. All contained illegal images of children being sexually abused. The Irish Internet Hotline ascertained the sites were registered in Australia and referred the details to ACMA, which in consultation with the Australian Federal Police, made contact with the Australian domain name registrar Melbourne IT. Melbourne IT determined that the sites breached its terms and conditions of domain name registration and quickly took action to prevent the domain names in question from directing to the offending sites.

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27 July 2008

EU - Cybercriminalité

(Communiqué de presse)
2887ème session du Conseil Justice et affaires intérieures Bruxelles, les 24 et 25 juillet 2008. Le Conseil a accueilli favorablement un projet de la Présidence pour l'élaboration d'un plan contre la cybercriminalité au sein de l'UE. A titre d'outils opérationnels la Présidence propose notamment : 1) la création d'une plateforme européenne pour le signalement des infractions relevées sur l'internet. La France a organisé un séminaire Pl@nets.eur à Reims du 3 au 6 juin 2008 à ce sujet qui a permis de tracer les contours de ce dispositif. Europol pourrait jouer un rôle central dans la mise en oeuvre d'un tel projet ; et 2) le renforcement du projet "Check the web" pour la lutte contre la propagande et le recrutement terroriste sur l'internet et la recherche d'une solution au problème posé par l'itinérance dans les réseaux électroniques ("roaming").

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10 July 2008

EU - Commission sounds alarm on 116 child hotline delays

(RAPID)
Parents and children need to be able to call help quickly and free of charge while travelling in the EU. In the UK and Belgium alone more than 7,500 children were reported missing in 2007. Public concern about child safety has been heightened by cases like the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal. In 2007, the Commission took action by reserving, at national level, six-digit numbers starting with 116 for missing children hotlines (116000) and for helplines (116111) with which children can seek assistance. However, a recent EU survey shows that only a minority of Member States have assigned these numbers to service providers: seven for 116000 and ten for 116111. The Commission has called on Member States to speed up implementation of these numbers. Under EU law Member States do not have to assign the numbers, but are required to reserve them and inform the public and providers of their availability. The survey shows few efforts by Member States to make known the numbers' availability, delaying their implementation.

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07 July 2008

JP - Only 20% of known child porn sites heed watchdog's call to shut down

(Kyodo News)
Only 20 percent of some 1,600 known child pornography sites were taken off the Internet in 2007 despite pressure from a Tokyo-based watchdog that monitors the harmful sites. As the Internet Hotline Center Japan is not authorized to enforce deletions or issue requests for such action to foreign servers, cross-border exchanges of pornographic images continue. The center detected 1,609 child porn sites last year, based mainly on tipoffs, and urged the taking down of 526 whose servers are located in Japan. However, only 339 accepted the request.

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06 July 2008

ZA - New website to expose child pornography

(BuaNews)
Members of the public can now anonymously report any images of sexual abuse discovered on the internet through a newly launched website in South Africa. The website, www.fpbprochild.org.za, which is available 24 hours, seven days a week was launched in Johannesburg by Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba. Mr Gigaba said the website service will afford members of the public an opportunity to report any incidences of child pornography online and remain anonymous. "Our internet content analysts will assess the contents of any reported website and will forward a detailed report to the law enforcement agencies in South Africa for further action. The Film and Publication Board fully supports the initiative Other stakeholders in the fight against child pornography included the South African Police Service, SABC and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa.

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19 April 2008

EU - INHOPE appoints new Secretary General

(Press Release)
The INHOPE network is delighted to announce the appointment of Birgit Roth as the new Secretary General. Birgit Roth was Public Policy manager, Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs for Deutsche Telekom AG. Ms Roth was previously a Member of the German Parliament for the Speyer-Neustadt constituency. The INHOPE Association of Internet Hotlines was founded in 1999. The general public can report illegal internet content such as child pornography to hotlines. The hotline confidentially then reviews each report, referring illegal material onto the relevant law enforcement agencies or Internet Service Providers for further action. Today, there are thirty members of INHOPE worldwide, including members from Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. INHOPE is part funded by the EC Safer Internet Programme.

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UK - IWF Annual Report highlights persistent core of child sexual abuse websites

(IWF)
The Internet Watch Foundation Annual Report 2007 reveals new intelligence regarding the scale of publicly available child sexual abuse websites known to the IWF. Whilst it is very rare to trace these websites to the UK, the IWF has identified a core of 2755 websites hosted abroad during 2007; this total number has remained relatively static for three years and represents a concrete target which can be tackled through international partnerships. This target is characterised by websites, 80% of which are commercial operations, which frequently hop host company and region to avoid detection. These tactics, coupled with the complex multi-national nature of the crimes, mean that only a united global response involving law enforcement authorities, governments and the international online sector will enable effective investigation of these websites, their content and the organisations behind them.

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09 January 2008

DE - Vereinbarung zur Zusammenarbeit bei der Bekämpfung kinderpornografischer Inhalte im Internet

(eco)
Inhalte im Internet in Deutschland einzudämmen, haben die Betreiber der Internetbeschwerdestellen FSM, eco und jugendschutz.net mit dem Bundeskriminalamt und der Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien eine Kooperationsvereinbarung getroffen.

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01 January 2008

UK - IWF Chief Executive awarded OBE

(IWF)
Peter Robbins QPM, Internet Watch Foundation Chief Executive, has been awarded an OBE for services to children and families in the Queen's New Years Honours list.

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24 October 2007

UK - Web giants aid child porn hotline

(BBC)
Top internet companies have joined forces to publicise a hotline to report online child pornography. Internet giants AOL, Tiscali, Yahoo! and MSN are supporting the work of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). Through the hotline, the IWF offers a "notice and take-down" service to police and internet service providers.

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26 August 2007

MT - Children, the internet and safety

(Times of Malta)
The Ministry for Investment, Industry and Information Technology and Agenzija Appogg have collaborated in the setting-up of the Hotline for child abuse over the internet. This project also includes the collaboration of other stakeholders such as the Cyber Crime Unit of the Malta Police Force, the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity, the Ministry for Education, Youth and Employment, the Commissioner for Children and the local internet Service Providers. EU funds facilitated the setting-up of the Appogg hotline service, which forms part of an international network of hotlines as represented by INHOPE (Association of Internet Hotline Providers).

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