What happens to the consumption of child sexual abuse material when millions of people work from home?
Work computers are used to download, consume and share child sexual abuse material, and we know that this criminal behaviour increases when employees remove computers from the office. As the Coronavirus has restricted our daily life and many employees now work from home, we risk seeing an increase in this behaviour.
Due to the closing of schools as a result of the Corona virus, experts agree that children will have an increased online presence and will be at an inadvertent risk. This week the FBI warned parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online sexual exploitation and signs of child abuse.
Last week I was invited to speak at the UN Headquarters in New York, where the Working Group for Child Online Safety met for the launch of the new Broadband Commission report. The launch was hosted by Permanent Mission of Sweden, Childhood Foundation USA, Broadband Commission and End Violence Against Children.
To aid the search for children Europol has set up project “Trace an Object”. It asks the public to view cropped parts of images to see if they recognise objects. This can help place the location of the abuse.
In a recent interview conducted at the #skillnadpåriktigt conference, Björn Sellström from INTERPOL mentioned that only six countries comprehensively address online child sexual abuse.
Using crawling and hashing technologies to find child sexual abuse material – The Internet Watch Foundation
In our series on technologies that are used to stop child sexual abuse, we have written about how they work and what they are used for. Following our blogs on web crawlers and hash matching, this post looks at how the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) uses these technologies.
New index makes it possible to measure responses to SDG 16.2 – but detection of child sexual abuse material is missing
This new benchmarking index, developed by The Economist’s Intelligence Unit, scores 40 different countries across the world.
In the NetClean 2017 report, we asked whether there is such a thing as a typical offender who consumes child sexual abuse material. Hanna Harnesk Hjortsberg, a Registered Psychologist working at the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, commented on the findings.