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Case examples

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International

zvelo Partners With IWF [Internet Watch Foundation] to Combat Online Child Sexual Abuse Content
PR Newswire, 28 Jul 2011

Child Porn to big for law enforcement? Microsoft steps in
Christine Arena, Christian Science Monitor, 13 June 2010

New Technology Fights Child Porn by Tracking Its “PhotoDNA”
Microsoft News Center, 15 Dec 2009

Mobile firms to block child porn
BBC News, 11 Feb 2008

To bust child-porn rings, larger role sought for Internet service providers
Ron Scherer, Christian Science Monitor, 9 Feb 2007

“We hear about a tour guide for paedophiles that’s being offered for sale on the web”
BBC Radio 4 “Today” Programme, 25 Nov 2005
Amazon response provided.


Americas

Every Image, Every Child: Internet-facilitated child sexual abuse in Canada [scroll to section 9 "Working with the private sector"]
Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (Canada), 2 Jun 2009

War against child pornography on the internet [Brazil]
Fabiana Frayssinet, Inter Press Service, 28 Nov 2008

Internet companies to block child porn sites [USA]
Associated Press, 6 Oct 2008
Initiative taken by Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Sprint.

Google Helping Fight Child Porn on Social Networking Site Orkut [Brazil]
Gary Bourgeauly, The @lpha Marketer, 6 Jul 2008

Credit Card Companies Pledge Help in Fighting Child Pornography
John Files, New York Times, 22 Sep 2006

Internet Firms to Step Up Child-Porn Fight
Associated Press, 27 Jun 2006
Five service providers form coalition to establish an image database to help authorities: AOL, Yahoo!, Microsoft, EarthLink, United Online.

Yahoo! Sued over Group used for child porn
Out-law.com, 13 May 2005


Asia & Pacific

Facebook gives way after child porn bust
Dylan Welch, Paola Totaro, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 Aug 2010

Child porn filter coming mid-2011 [Australia]
James Hutchinson, Computerworld, 19 Aug 2010

Child porn, drugs lead Internet content complaints in Japan
TechWorld, 18 Mar 2010


Europe & Central Asia

Internet Watch Foundation
Multistakeholder initiative established by the internet industry, that provides a UK internet hotline to report criminal online content including child sexual abuse images

Child safety online
Initiative by VISA Europe to combat child pornography and other child abuse.  It includes the prohibition of VISA members from accepting payments from sites that trade in child abuse images and materials, and a global programme monitoring the internet to identify breaches of this prohibition.

Swedish Company Tackles Child Abuse Images
Ben Rooney, Wall Street Journal, 28 Mar 2011

Should Credit Companies Be Fined for Child Porn Bought With Their Cards? [UK]
Amanda Kloer, End Human Trafficking, 24 Jul 2010

Swedish hotel group [Radisson Blue] moves to block access to web child pornography in rooms
Kevin May, tnooz, 31 Mar 2010

Major German Online companies agree to block child porn websites
Deutsche Welle, 17 Apr 2009

Visa, Microsoft join EU fight against Internet child porn
Agence France Presse, 3 Mar 2009

Mobile phone companies join war on internet child porn
Richard Wray, Guardian (UK), 11 Feb 2008

Telenor and Swedish National Criminal Investigation Department to introduce Internet child porn filter
Telenor, 17 May 2005

Child porn downloads ignored by firms [UK]
Andy McCue, silicon.com, 11 May 2005
Research finds three-quarters of companies would not report employees caught downloading child pornography in the workplace to the police.

Internet porn ‘increasing child abuse’ [UK]
Guardian (UK), 12 Jan 2004

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15 December 2009

New Technology Fights Child Porn by Tracking Its “PhotoDNA”

Author: Redmond Wash, Microsoft News Center

Microsoft is donating a new technology to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) that has the potential to make a drastic difference in the fight against the spread of child pornography online. The technology, called PhotoDNA...

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2 June 2009

Every Image, Every Child: Internet-facilitated child sexual abuse in Canada [scroll to section 9 "Working with the private sector"]

Author: Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime [Canada]

There are some positive examples of industry leaders accepting responsibility for their role in preventing the spread of child sexual abuse images...As of February 2009, only eight of the more than 400 ISPs in Canada participated in Cleanfeed Canada....

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17 April 2009

Major German online companies agree to block child porn websites

Author: Deutsche Welle

Five of Germany's eight major internet service providers - Deutsche Telekom's T-Online, Vodafone's Arcor, Kabel Deutschland, Telefonica's O2 and Alice's Hansenet - signed the legally binding agreement with the government and the Federal Crime Office...

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3 March 2009

Visa, Microsoft join EU fight against Internet child porn

Author: Agence France Presse

The European Financial Coalition (EFC) - led by Britain's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and including MasterCard, Microsoft, PayPal [part of eBay], VISA Europe and the NGO Missing Children Europe - will work together in the...

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Article
28 November 2008

War Against Child Pornography on the Internet [Brazil]

Author: Fabiana Frayssinet, IPS

The Brazilian government has announced the creation of a web site to centralise the reception of complaints about child pornography on the Internet…The…"direct line between citizens," accessible from the web site www.denunciar.org.br, was created by...

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Article
6 July 2008

Google Helping Fight Child Porn on Social Networking Site Orkut [Brazil]

Author: Gary Bourgeault, @lpha Marketer

According to Brazilian Prosecutor Sergio Suiama…[Google] had refused to work with them, saying it only had to submit to U.S. law. Orkut is the most popular social networking site in Brazil, and has been inundated with child porn, while hundreds of...

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Article
10 June 2008

Internet companies to block child porn sites [USA]

Author: Associated Press

Online forums where thousands of child-porn images have been posted have been stricken from three Internet providers, including two of the nation's five largest, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced…Verizon, Time Warner Cable and Sprint...

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Article
11 February 2008

Mobile firms to block child porn

Author: BBC News [UK]

Mobile firms from across the world have launched a new alliance which aims to block paedophiles using phones to send or receive child sexual abuse images. The GSMA, the global association for mobile firms, has launched the Mobile Alliance, and says it...

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Article
11 February 2008

Mobile phone companies join war on internet child porn

Author: Richard Wray, Guardian [UK]

The mobile phone industry will…announce its intention to shut off all access to child pornography on mobile phones that can access the internet…The GSM Association, which represents companies which together provide mobile services to more than 2.6...

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Article
9 February 2007

To bust child-porn rings, larger role sought for Internet service providers [USA]

Author: Ron Scherer, Christian Science Monitor [USA]

To halt the child-porn scourge, law-enforcement officials…say such vigilance [is required]…[by] Internet service providers (ISPs), such as America Online, Verizon, or Time Warner, to root out people selling, trading, or displaying illegal pornographic...

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