December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Helped in part by a recent £1m donation from Google, Cambridgeshire based charity The Internet Watch Foundation is to double the numbers working on its hotline to handle calls about child sexual abuse.
The organisation, based at Waterbeach, believes its hotline is one of the best in the world and says expansion will help it proactively search for on line content not solely rely on tip-offs.
Susie Hargreaves, the foundation’s chief officer, said yesterday: “This is a significant time for the IWF as we undertake the biggest expansion since our establishment in 1996.
“Increasing our hotline team enables us to respond to public reports quicker and become proactive in our fight against paedophilic images on the web.”
She added: “Our analysts are at the heart of the foundation’s work and their work is hugely valued by the organisation and our partners.
“I urge anyone with strong computer skills, determination and a genuine desire to make a real difference to head to our recruitment pages and apply.”
The foundation is the UK hotline for the public to report child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere online as well as criminally obscene adult content and non-photographic child sexual abuse content hosted in the UK.
The foundation was one of the first national hotlines created to take public reports of online child sexual abuse content. Its work has seen the amount of known child sexual abuse content hosted in the UK reduced from 18 per cent in 1996 to less than one per cent since 2003.
Ms Hargreaves said: “The foundation is a respected, world-leading organisation and the most successful hotline at removing child sexual abuse content within its own country.”
She said: “Internet content analysts assess public reports against UK law and work to trace and remove content found to be within the foundation’s remit and potentially criminal. By working closely with law enforcement and other hotlines around the world our team has aided the rescue of at least 12 children in the last three years.”
Google recently donated £1m towards the IWF’s fight against online child sexual abuse content.
Sally, an analyst who joined the foundation in September 2011, also urged people to consider joining the hotline team.
She said: “The role is by no means easy but you are surrounded by a team of extraordinary people dedicated to preventing the repeated victimisation of children.
“It’s an incredibly rewarding feeling knowing your work has helped remove images and has aided police rescue victims and convict criminals.”
The foundation was launched in 1996 by the internet industry to provide a means for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a confidential way.
The foundation works in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government and international partners to minimise the availability of indecent content, specifically:
•child sexual abuse images hosted anywhere in the world
•criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK
•non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.
By sharing intelligence with police, the foundation has aided the identification and rescue of 12 children in the past three years.
The foundation says that, as a result of its work, child sexual abuse content is removed in the UK typically within 60 minutes and the time taken to remove child sexual abuse content hosted outside the UK has been halved to 10 days.
During the course of its work, the foundation has assessed more than 400,000 web pages in 16 years, with 100,000 URLs removed for containing criminal content.