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France fifth worst for hosting child sexual abuse content in EU, as criminals target French servers

France fifth worst for hosting child sexual abuse content in EU, as criminals target French servers

The Internet Watch Foundation says criminal gangs are finding ‘safe havens’ to harbour abuse imagery in EU countries.

22 September 2023 News
What next for online safety laws? A podcast episode from the IWF

What next for online safety laws? A podcast episode from the IWF

As the Online Safety Bill becomes the Online Safety Act, the Internet Watch Foundation looks at what is next.

20 September 2023 Blog
IWF and EU partners march in Brussels to demand action on vital child sexual abuse regulation

IWF and EU partners march in Brussels to demand action on vital child sexual abuse regulation

A Europe-wide coalition of survivors, young people and child protection organisations took to the streets in hazmat suits calling on EU leaders to ‘clean up the internet’

19 September 2023 News
Hotline reports ‘shocking’ rise in the sextortion of boys

Hotline reports ‘shocking’ rise in the sextortion of boys

There has been a “shocking” increase in the reports of children tricked into sharing sexual images of themselves by abusers intent on extorting money or further imagery from their victims.

18 September 2023 News
EU a ‘toxic warehouse’ of child sexual abuse, as lawmakers urged to ‘get a grip’ on spiralling problem

EU a ‘toxic warehouse’ of child sexual abuse, as lawmakers urged to ‘get a grip’ on spiralling problem

The Internet Watch Foundation says criminal gangs are finding ‘safe havens’ to harbour abuse imagery in EU countries.

13 September 2023 News
Scottish Government partners with IWF to further enhance children’s safety online

Scottish Government partners with IWF to further enhance children’s safety online

This will help to ensure the online safety of children and young people who use its national digital learning platform, Glow, to access a range of educational services.

8 September 2023 News
IWF welcomes Government commitment to keeping children safe online

IWF welcomes Government commitment to keeping children safe online

The IWF welcomes the Government's commitment to keeping children safe online

6 September 2023 Statement
New clustering tech ‘revolution’ helps analysts assess child sexual abuse imagery in seconds

New clustering tech ‘revolution’ helps analysts assess child sexual abuse imagery in seconds

Innovations in detecting and removing child sexual abuse material have been made possible by a grant from Nominet.

30 August 2023 News
IWF partners with SS8 to help block access to child sexual abuse imagery

IWF partners with SS8 to help block access to child sexual abuse imagery

SS8 will be allowed to use the IWF’s Hash List in software that is used by law enforcement agencies around the world.

15 August 2023 News
IWF welcomes award-winning AI firm to its child-protection community

IWF welcomes award-winning AI firm to its child-protection community

Safety tech firm Image Analyzer has become part of the Internet Watch Foundation’s (IWF) community of Members working to protect children online.

19 July 2023 News
Online safeguards ‘never more important’ as ‘shocking’ figures reveal number of adults who pose sexual risk to children

Online safeguards ‘never more important’ as ‘shocking’ figures reveal number of adults who pose sexual risk to children

NCA report estimates that up to 830,000 adults in the UK are a sexual threat to children

18 July 2023 News
Prime Minister must act on threat of AI as IWF ‘sounds alarm’ on first confirmed AI-generated images of child sexual abuse

Prime Minister must act on threat of AI as IWF ‘sounds alarm’ on first confirmed AI-generated images of child sexual abuse

IWF analysts have also discovered an online “manual” dedicated to helping offenders refine their prompts and train AI to return more and more realistic results.

18 July 2023 News