Internet Watch Foundation Director Elected INHOPE President
24 May 2012
Fred Langford, Director of Operations, Technology and Content, has been elected President of INHOPE – the International Association of Internet Hotlines.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the UK member of INHOPE which coordinates a network of internet Hotlines all over the world, supporting them in responding to reports of criminal content.
Fred joined the IWF in December 2004. He is responsible for the IWF’s technical services and requirements as well as liaison with member companies and other stakeholders regarding technical and content issues. He is the IWF’s EU Safer Internet Program project coordinator and is responsible for the IWF Hotline, systems, and information security.
Fred Langford, INHOPE President and Director of Operations, Technology and Content said: “I would like to thank INHOPE members for this opportunity. It is an honour to have been elected INHOPE President.
“The IWF was a founding member of INHOPE in 1999 and has been fully supportive of the successes achieved since then. Online criminal content transcends national borders so only by forging close working relationships and unifying practices can we speed up removal times and create a safer internet experience for us all.
“The role of INHOPE is always subject to scrutiny and I look forward to working with members to meet the challenge and move the organisation into a new phase of its existence.”
Fred will serve a term of two years as President of INHOPE.About IWF
The IWF was established in 1996 by the internet industry to provide the UK Internet Hotline for the public and IT professionals to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way. The Hotline service can be used anonymously to report content within our remit:
- child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world;
- criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK;
- non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.
To be kept up to date with our activities throughout the year you can sign up for the IWF e-newsletter: http://www.iwf.org.uk/newsletter.
INHOPE is the International Association of Internet Hotlines. INHOPE coordinates a network of Internet Hotlines all over the world, supporting them in responding to reports of illegal content to make the Internet safer.
INHOPE was founded in 1999 and has grown to a network of 41 Hotlines in 36 countries across the globe. This was achieved with funding and support from the European Commission under the Safer Internet Program.
INHOPE Hotlines offer the public a way of anonymously reporting Internet material including child sexual abuse material they suspect to be illegal. The Hotline will ensure that the matter is investigated and if found to be illegal the information will be passed to the relevant Law Enforcement Agency and in many cases the Internet Service Provider hosting the content.