Agenda 2020



Welcome to the Brighthood Conference 2020

H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden

Keynote and Opening Speaker

The importance of collaboration to protect children in a digital world

While connectivity and digitalisation have provided uncountable improvements to our world, they are also driving a significant increase in child sexual abuse material online. This is especially true during the current COVID-19 pandemic. H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden will talk about the importance of collaboration to keep children safe online.

Amina J. Mohammed, UN, Deputy Secretary-General

Keynote Speaker

A decade of action and zero tolerance against child sexual abuse

The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. SDG 16.2 specifically calls to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children. Covid-19 has brought about an increase in the severity and online child sexual abuse and exploitation. With just under ten years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, 2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to recover better and deliver the Goals by 2030.

Susie Hargreaves OBE, Internet Watch Foundation, CEO

Removing child sexual abuse images from the internet

– The work of one of Europe’s most effective hotlines

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) runs one of Europe’s leading hotlines, and also works proactively to find child sexual abuse material  stored on the internet. Susie Hargreaves will talk about the trends, patterns and concerns that the IWF see in their daily work. How much material is in circulation, and where is it stored? How many images are removed from the internet with the help of the IWF, and how quickly can they be taken down? What trends does the IWF see, especially following COVID-19?



Niklas Rydberg, Nordea, Specialist at Group Sustainable Finance

Working towards the SDGs in the financial sector

– An example of how to transform one goal into action

Nordea is the largest financial group in the Nordic countries, and has put sustainability and ethical values high up on their agenda. Niklas Rydberg will talk about how the financial sector as a whole is moving towards more sustainable banking strategies and the systems that influence the financial sector in that direction. He will share why Nordea has implemented software to protect the organisation from child sexual abuse material (CSAM), the risk associated to employees using the internal IT equipment for downloading or viewing CSAM, and how taking action on this issue adds to the larger sustainability agenda.

Daniel Taube, SKF, Group Ethics & Compliance Officer

Compliance and Corporate Responsibility

– How SKF contributes to Sustainability and Children’s Rights

Founded in Sweden 1907, SKF serves 40 industries in 130 countries from more than 100 factories. SKF develops and manufactures solutions for reliable rotation, and is the undisputed leader in the bearing business. Daniel Taube will present how SKF, from an ethical and compliance perspective, addresses sustainability and specifically children’s rights.

Hans Vestberg, Verizon, CEO

The Importance of Mobility, Broadband and Cloud in the decade of action

– Why technology is Key to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

As a board member of the UN Foundation and part of the Leadership Council of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Hans Vestberg was involved in creating the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2016. In 2016 he even made the case for an 18th goal, which was to focus on technology access for all. Now, in the decade of action leading up to 2030, Hans will share why he believes Mobility, Broadband and Cloud is the 21st century infrastructure and critical to solving our world’s biggest challenges.



Michael H. Keller, The New York Times, Reporter and Data journalist

Investigative journalism and child sexual abuse crime

– The New York Times article series: What sparked the idea and what did they find?

The New York Times has worldwide influence and readership. Last year, the newspaper published one of the biggest and most well researched series of articles about child sexual abuse ever written by a big media house. Michael Keller, one of the two journalists behind the publication, will share what sparked their interest and made them invest in this comprehensive project, what they found, and what the feedback from the public was.

Anna Borgström, NetClean, CEO

Why NetClean focus on businesses, IT environments and the workplace

– COVID-19, remote work and the connection to child sexual abuse material

NetClean is unique in its focus on the workplace and detecting and blocking child sexual abuse material on internal IT equipment. Anna Borgström will talk about why NetClean is dedicated to this segment, and why, following COVID-19, the move to remote working has increased the need to protect technical work equipment, and will continue to do so in the future.

Sanjay Poonen, VMware, Chief Operating Officer

Security for a Future Ready Workforce

– Changed demands and increased risks as an effect of COVID-19

As a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology, VMware has had a front row view to how COVID-19 has transformed remote working, and has also been heavily involved in solving the new demands put on IT environments. Sanjay Poonen will talk about transformation, the future trends of remote work, and how technology can be used to prevent cyber security- and policy breaches to strengthen business integrity. He will also share VMware’s views on taking responsibility for their platforms and Tech4Good.

Jim Cole, Homeland Security Investigations, Supervisory Special Agent

Behind the Image

 Identifying and Rescuing Child Victims

In the last decade, law enforcement globally has increasingly focused on victim identification, for which every image is a crucial piece of evidence leading to the identification and safeguarding of child victims. Jim Cole has been one of the driving forces behind this mission. He will share why images are so important when working with victim identification, and why collaboration between law enforcement and other stakeholders, such as private industry, is necessary to work effectively. Also behind each image are the dedicated investigators, analysts and industry partners whose work culminates in children being safeguarded. The presentation will provide a case example and the personal stories of these amazing people.



Conference ends


Guest panel:

Linda Jonsson

Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Guest panel:

Björn Sellström

Swedish National Police, Project Superintendent



Eva Hamilton

Board member and former CEO of Sveriges Television


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