The UK’s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has launched its Annual Report 2010 in which it reveals the success of a new collaborative project to have child sexual abuse images removed from the web faster across the globe. Results show a dramatic reduction in the length of time these criminal images remain active, down from around a month only a year ago, to an average lifespan of just 12 days today, irrespective of where in the world they are hosted and only a matter of hours if hosted in the UK.
Thankfully the IWF is keeping its focus on its role to remove child abuse images. It does also have a remit to take down other UK hosted material:
- adult material if it is found to be ‘criminally obscene’
- incitement to racial hatred
- non-photographic child porn images
But the IWF has only removed about 12 such URLs from about 4300 reports. Hopefully this suggests that the IWF are only taking action only where strictly necessitated by law or remit, rather than just playing safe and taking action against everything reported.
Offsite: Ed Vaziey hints at a IWF like organisation with a remit for wider internet censorship
See article from theregister.co.uk by Jane Fae Ozimek
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey spoke at the Internet Watch Foundation’s (IWF) 2010 Annual Report launch.
He praised the IWF and UK ISPs for having put in place a model for dealing with child abuse and criminally obscene material (the IWF’s current remit) that was recognised around the world. Both he and Home Office Minister James Brokenshire indicated that they liked the self-regulatory model and very much hoped it would continue.
Vaizey also indicated that there might be scope in future to extend the IWF’s methods — though not necessarily through the IWF — to cover other categories of material.
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