INHOPE announces new Advisory Board

03 JULY 2014, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
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INHOPE – The International Association of Internet Hotlines has named initial members to its new Advisory Board which will serve the non-governmental organisation in its mission to respond to reports of illegal content online and help deliver on its commitment to stamp out child sexual abuse from the Internet.

INHOPE – The International Association of Internet Hotlines has named initial members to its new Advisory Board which will serve the non-governmental organisation in its mission to respond to reports of illegal content online and help deliver on its commitment to stamp out child sexual abuse from the Internet.

The new Advisory Board which will convene in mid-September will “help establish INHOPE as a world-leading and trusted body for hotlines such as future-proofing INHOPE beyond 2015 by positioning the Association as relevant, effective and accountable in its global mission (...)“, said Executive Director Russell Chadwick.

Online child sexual exploitation is likely to rise in the coming years, with ever-increasing Internet adoption rates globally. Through its Advisory Board, INHOPE will be using a multi-stakeholder approach and engaging with high-level experts from academia, industry, law enforcement and civil society, “giving INHOPE access to a broader pool of talent and ultimately strengthening the governance of the organisation and enhancing its strategic foresight in this fast-moving world.“

Nine representatives have been hand-picked for their knowledge, dedication to a safer world for children and ability to ensure growth in their own businesses and respective organisations. From law enforcement, high-tech giants to renowned child rights advocates, they will all bring a wide depth of expertise, while providing INHOPE with future-oriented advice and a fresh 360˚ view on threats, challenges and opportunities.

The representatives include, by alphabetical order:


Vic Baines, Trust and Safety EMEA, Facebook
Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft
John Carr, Senior Expert Adviser, ECPAT International
Sabine Frank, Policy Counsel, Google
Paul Gillen, Head of Operations, European Cybercrime Centre, EUROPOL
Del Harvey, Head of Safety, Twitter
Lars Lööf, Psychologist on risk prevention and trauma
Michael Moran, Assistant Director, Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Sub-Directorate, Interpol

Lynette Owens, Global Director, Internet Safety for Kids & Families, TrendMicro

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"The new Advisory Board will help establish INHOPE as a world-leading and trusted body for hotlines such as future-proofing INHOPE beyond 2015 by positioning the Association as relevant, effective and accountable in its global mission." Russell Chadwick, INHOPE's Executive Director
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About INHOPE

INHOPE is an active, collaborative and influential network of 51 hotlines in 45 countries worldwide, committed to stamping out child sexual abuse from the Internet.

INHOPE was founded in 1999 under the European Commission Safer Internet Programme.

INHOPE Hotlines offer the public a way of anonymously reporting Internet material including child sexual abuse material they suspect to be illegal.

INHOPE members operate a public hotline to receive complaints about apparent illegal content, they then assess the content in accordance with their national laws and if they consider it to be illegal they trace the material to a hosting country. If the content is illegal in the hosting country then the national Hotline takes steps to have the material ‘taken down’ in consultation with their law enforcement partners.


In the first half of 2014:

170 analysts across the INHOPE network processed 587,674 reports of illegal content.

39,144 reports were assessed to contain unique URLs of child sexual abuse material, a 32% increase compared with the last six months of 2013.

81% child victims were female. 6% child victims were infants.

In Europe, 98% was reported to law enforcement within a day. 91% was removed from the Internet within three days.

Want to know more about the work of INHOPE? 

Visit our website www.inhope.org and download our 2013/14 Annual Report

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