The global leading Usenet access provider is latest Member to join IWF

Published:  Thu 9 Mar 2017

The newsgroups provider has become the latest Member to join Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) membership.

Usenet is the combination of “users” and “network” and is one of the oldest computer network communications systems, created a decade before the World Wide Web was developed and the public had access to the internet. Usenet distributes discussion systems globally, allowing users to read and send messages, called posts, to different categories, named newsgroups. The particularity of Usenet is its large and always changing list of servers, which gives access to a wide range of uncensored information and files. was created in 2009 and has become a leading global Usenet provider, offering high speed access matched with high security levels to over 100,000 newsgroups worldwide.

Giacomo Boria, CEO of, said: “It is a pleasure for me as the Director of Usenet.NL to see the cooperation between my company and the IWF starting. We fully support the great cause of the IWF and consider ourselves a proud member.”

Susie Hargreaves OBE, IWF CEO, said: “Partnering up with one of the worlds’ best known Usenet-Access-Providers is an incredible opportunity for us to expand our fight against child sexual abuse imagery globally. I’m glad to welcome to our membership base and I want to thank their commitment to help us making the internet a safe place for all its users. I’m looking forward to working with their team.”




Notes to editors:

Contact: Emma Hardy, IWF Director of External Relations +44 (0) 1223 203030 or +44 (0) 7929 553679. 

What we do:

We make the internet a safer place. We help victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse. We search for child sexual abuse images and videos and offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. We then have them removed. We’re a not for profit organisation and are supported by the global internet industry and the European Commission. 

For more information please visit

The IWF is part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, working with Childnet International and the South West Grid for Learning to promote the safe and responsible use of technology.

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