EU, US launch biggest ever global fight against online child sex abuse
Worldwide teamwork to tackle 1m vile images
Some 48 countries have agreed to join forces to halt the spread of online child sex abuse videos and images.
EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström will team up with US Attorney General Eric Holder to launch the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online at a conference held today in Brussels, Belgium.
The initiative, billed as the biggest of its kind, aims to combat the increase of child pornography on the internet. It is estimated one million child abuse images are available on the web and this figure is estimated to increase by 50,000 per year.
Ministers from 27 EU member states will join 21 countries outside the continent - Albania, Australia, Cambodia, Croatia, Georgia, Ghana, Japan, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, the Philippines, Serbia, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Vietnam - all backing the initiative, which aims to build international cooperation in the fight against the distribution of the vile imagery.
“This international initiative will strengthen our mutual resources to bring more perpetrators to justice, identify more victims of child sexual abuse, and ensure that they receive our help and support,” said Eric Holder. “Through this global alliance we can build on the success of previous cross-border police operations that have dismantled international paedophile networks and safeguard more of the world’s children.”
Child abusers exploit the dearth of information exchanged between nations' authorities and any legal loopholes available to operate freely, underlining the need for global cooperation to investigate and prosecute offenders.
As well as identifying victims, so as to find and protect them, and investigating incidents of child abuse, the scheme also aims to boost children's awareness of the risks posed by the web and those using it; kids will be told to take extra care with any photos they of themselves and to be wise to "grooming" methods used by paedophiles. ®
Not that I'm cynical
(Which I most assuredly am)
But this does sound like the classic 'umbrella of cooperation' governments like to use to implement trans-national data-sharing and snooping treaty thingies under the guise of something folks tend not to argue against.
I predict this will also somehow be used for copyright 'theft' shortly as well as saving children from assured doom.
Think of the children? Big Brother won the icon choice...
The sky is falling! the sky is falling!
One million images? Including the Blind Faith and Supertramp album covers I assume? And all those naughty cherubs on the church ceilings? Frankly, given the scale of the Internet, it sounds like the problem is pretty much beat at this point - assuming that they're not just pulling numbers out of their arses to make the publicity release sound better.
It's not the images that are the problem - it's the abuse ... and that's something that happens locally, which is where it has to be stopped.
Re: Not that I'm cynical
"I am happy to give them the benefit of the doubt"
Doubt? What doubt? There is no significant doubt. There is a long history of governments abusing such powers across the spectrum from the international level to the very local level. The balance of probability is very clearly that the powers will be used as a broad dragnet and to get around civil protections.