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In Conversation With - an IWF Podcast

A new series of short podcasts, or shortcasts, on a variety of intriguing topics focused on tackling online child sexual abuse imagery. 

Our series of short podcasts feature exclusive discussions with leading experts and academics covering a wide variety of topics including tech, encryption, policy and how these impact the criminal circulation of child sexual imagery online.

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Episode 1: Encryption Vs. Privacy

In conversation with Professor Hany Farid and IWF Head of Policy & Public Affairs Mike Tunks

“The introduction of end-to-end encryption technologies has led to a debate around the apparent dichotomy of good child safety and good general user privacy and security,” reads a new report by Dr Ian Levy and Crispin Robinson, respectively the technical heads of the UK’s National Cybersecurity Centre and GCHQ. The report made headlines last week after suggesting tech companies should move ahead with technology that scans for child abuse imagery essentially on users’ phones themselves.

Speaking exclusively to the IWF as part of our new podcast series, Professor Hany Farid, image analysis expert at the University of California, Berkeley, said the report made it clear that privacy does not have to come at the expense of child protection.

Our new podcast series offers quick dives into topical issues related to the global fight against online child sexual abuse images and videos and issues affecting child safety online.


Episode 2: The hidden crimes in our children’s bedrooms

In Conversation with IWF Senior Analyst, Rosa

New data released by the IWF today shows that almost 20,000 webpages identified by our team in the first half of 2022 included 'self-generated' child sexual abuse imagery of 7-to-10-year-old children - a 360% increase on the first half of 2020 when the UK entered its first Covid lockdown. 

The rapid growth of this material, showing primary-aged children, is a social and digital emergency, which needs a focussed and sustained effort to combat it from the Government, tech industry, law enforcement, education and non-profit organisations.

In this episode, we talk to Rosa, one of our world-class analysts, about the actual images and videos the team see every day and what is happening to children in our homes.

Parents and carers are encouraged to T.A.L.K to their children about online dangers. Visit talk.iwf.org.uk for a parent-and-carer-friendly guide to preventing this type of abuse.

Our new podcast series offers quick dives into topical issues related to the global fight against online child sexual abuse images and videos and issues affecting child safety online.

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