The Brighthood Conference 2019
This year NetClean presented a rebranded more international conference in Stockholm. And, with a mind to bring together experts and decision makers, the Brighthood conference (formerly skillnadpåriktigt) was a day full of insight and a much needed knowledge hub.
The Brighthood Conference on November 6, the 5th of its kind, hosted a wide range of speakers and more than 330 attendees. The yearly conference is aimed at participants from all industries, with a focus on IT and safeguarding issues. This year the conference centred on technology and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Businesses, researchers, NGOs and law enforcement shared the scene to give a wider overview of the problem of child sexual abuse and how the problem is both furthered and solved by technology, and the sustainable development goals. The day provided a unique opportunity to discuss collaboration between key sectors to further solutions to stop child sexual abuse.
“A well managed conference where attendees gained knowledge and awareness about child sexual abuse offences.”
“… a much needed knowledge hub”
The conference was moderated by Swedish actor Rennie Mirro, who shared his experience of being subjected to sexual abuse as a child, adding that this type of conferences are vital to addressing the problem of child sexual abuse.
A multi-faceted problem – conference overview
Child sexual abuse is a societal problem, which needs whole communities and sectors to work together to solve it. The basis for the solution in our modern day world is collaboration and technology, and the aim of Brighthood is to offer a comprehensive overview of the problem. One example of this is to both offer insight into what organisations like NCMEC do to help victims, and how multidisciplinary clinics like ANOVA and one of its initiatives, PreventIT, uses technology to reach offenders and offer online cognitive behavioural treatment.
Aside from the victims and offenders the conference deliberated on how the world, specifically businesses, leading NGOs and decision makers have the power to stop this growing online problem.
Google, one of the speakers this year, shared how they develop technology to deter, detect and remove child sexual abuse material in their search engines, highlighting the increased focus that this work has garnered in recent years, and The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation spoke about the different worlds of online child sexual abuse pointing to the difference between the darknet and social media platforms.
Child sexual abuse is increasingly moving up the political agenda, and much of this development is due to key organisations investing time and energy into research projects and reports which help illustrate the situation today. The Economist Intelligence Unit and the World Childhood Foundation presented their work at the conference on the Index for assessing 60 countries’ response to child sexual exploitation and the ITU UNESCO Broadband Commission Report on Child Safety Online.
From a business perspective GSMA spoke about ethical leadership and their aim to live up to the Sustainable Development Goals, while NetClean’s own spot at the conference presented data from the NetClean Report 2019, and a survey conducted with 100 US companies with more than 5,000 employees. The data in the report illustrates how these businesses, not specific to the IT and mobile industry, understand and protect their IT environment from the threat of child sexual abuse material.
INTERPOL spoke about fighting child sexual abuse crime on an international level. Without their willingness to share their insight and data, audiences and industry cannot understand the scope of the problem nor the efforts made to find offenders and safeguard victims.
Away from law enforcement there are many organisations that specialise in working to stop child sexual abuse. RAINN the largest anti-sexual violence organisation in the US, spoke about their work and a scheme called HERO Corps which trains veterans to forensically analyse child sexual abuse material. The program’s success is dual, both adding man power to investigations that struggle with backlogs and an overpowering workload, and providing these very purpose driven individuals with a new goal.
Furthering research and discussions about how to prevent child sexual abuse is key to ensuring that the problem remains topical and is not relegated to something that only law enforcement must deal with.
Technology has made this problem more visible, and technology has made sure that we can fight the dissemination of abuse on the web, and with the right knowledge about this problem we can focus our resources where they are needed most. All sectors, from the corporate world to specific health-care projects, are needed to break the circle of abuse and give children a brighter future.
Let’s meet again next year to discuss the progress that we have made, and see what we need to do next.
Keep an eye on the website at brighthood.com: we will post content from the day and present the date for next years conference in good time.