INHOPE Safer Internet Day Supporter
INHOPE is an active and collaborative network of 49 hotlines in 43 countries worldwide, dealing with illegal content online and committed to stamping out child sexual abuse from the Internet.
INHOPE and its member hotlines are staunch supporters of the Safer Internet Day. They actively engage in campaigns and activities worldwide to encourage safe and responsible online behaviours while alerting on existing risks and emerging threats.
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.
INHOPE comprises the INHOPE Association and the INHOPE Foundation, a charity constituted in 2010 to help develop new hotlines worldwide, particularly in emerging countries where there is a lack of funding or even legislation. The Foundation currently assists the development of 3 hotlines in 3 countries: Colombia, Kazakhstan and Thailand.
Founded in 1999, the International Association of Internet Hotlines coordinates a network of 46 Internet Hotlines in 40 countries across the globe, supporting them in responding to reports of illegal content to make the Internet safer. This was achieved with funding and support from the European Commission under the Safer Internet Programme.
Illegal use of the Internet
The Internet has changed the way we communicate, the way we do business and ultimately the way we live. Unfortunately, as with many new forms of technology, there is also a downside to the Internet. In the mid 1990’s concerns were raised over the new types of illegal content being found online, the key areas of concern being:
Often illegal material reported to Hotlines is hosted beyond the borders of their own country and the national jurisdiction. The global network of INHOPE member Hotlines provides a means to pass the relevant information, without delay, to be handled in the country where the site is hosted.