Public Interest Registry joins the Internet Watch Foundation

Published:  Thu 10 May 2018

Public Interest Registry has joined the IWF as a Member, in a move which reinforces its commitment to protecting billions of internet users and the child victims of disturbing sexual abuse images and videos.

As the operator of .org, .ngo and .ong domain names, Public Interest Registry accounts for a significant proportion of web traffic. Its domains under management represent more than 10 million websites globally. By joining the IWF, Public Interest Registry is helping to further prevent the spread of child sexual abuse content.

Though a small organisation, Public Interest Registry, which is based in Reston, Virginia, operates popular domains that the world counts on to be platforms for the public interest. Its values have been echoed in this important move to join the IWF.

Susie Hargreaves OBE, IWF CEO, said: “The IWF represents the companies that are defining how the world tackles online child sexual abuse.

“With 137 organisations joined up as Members of the IWF, we now have more Members than ever before. These companies include some of the giants of the internet world, through to smaller filtering companies. What unites them, is their commitment to do the right thing.

“We can’t thank Public Interest Registry enough for joining us as a Member. It means that so many more domain names are now protected from child sexual abuse content. In turn, this is protecting billions of users of websites on these domains, as well as the victims themselves.”

Susie Hargreaves OBESusie Hargreaves OBE, IWF CEO

Elizabeth Behsudi, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel at Public Interest Registry, said: “IWF’s global mission to eliminate online child sexual abuse imagery is among the most important work being done on the internet.

“Public Interest Registry is committed to making the .org domain space a safe and trusted environment for everyone. We are proud to work with the IWF and support the incredibly important services they provide.”

Elizabeth Behsudi Esq.Elizabeth Behsudi, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel at Public Interest Registry

For more information about the IWF’s services, go to www.iwf.org.uk/our-services, and find out how to become an IWF Member at www.iwf.org.uk/become-a-member/join-us/our-members

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