Saturday, June 22, 2013

Major UK ISPs & Google Increase Contribution to Fight Illegal Content

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) announced that ".. we are pleased with the announcement of the UK’s four largest ISPs – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – that they will commit an additional £1m collectively over the next four years to further crack down on the creation and distribution of child abuse material online. The companies will work together with Government, IWF and CEOP to establish how best these funds can be spent to tackle the availability of online child abuse content. The additional funding will supplement the existing zero tolerance approach to child sexual abuse material online, adding to the existing contributions that each company makes both in relation to the ongoing battle against illegal material online, and investment in technology and awareness raising to help parents protect children in the online world".

IWF is also supported by traffic management vendors, who can use its blacklist to block illegal content.  Among the members are ByteMobile (Citrix), Cisco, Checkpoint, Allot Communications, Huawei, Fortinet, BlueCoat, Optenet, Adaptive Mobile, Sandvine and Openwave Mobility. See the complete list here. Google also donated £1M - See "£1million donation for child sexual abuse charity" - here and announced its ".. continued commitment to combating child exploitation online" - here. .

Susie Hargreaves, IWF Chief Executive, said: “This is a great commitment from the UK internet industry. We are ready to step up the fight against online child sexual abuse content. By expanding our resources and by allowing the IWF to proactively target child sexual abuse content, we can make real headway towards our shared vision of an internet free of child sexual abuse content.”

See "IWF ready to step up the fight against online child sexual abuse content" - here.

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