The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is a UK-based Hotline for reporting illegal content. Specifically Child sexual abuse content hosted worldwide and criminally obscene and incitement to racial hatred content hosted in the UK.
It’s remit is to protect the citizens of the UK from illegal and offensive online content by allowing the public and IT professionals to report sites with potentially illegal online content. They work in partnership with the ISPs, law enforcement, government, the education sector, charities, international partners and the public to minimize the availability of this content.
They seek to find and report on child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world and criminally obscene and incitement to racial hatred contentÂ hosted in the UK.
They use a â€˜notice and take-downâ€™ service which alerts ISPs to potentially illegal content on their servers and provide information to law enforcement partners in the UK and abroad.
As a direct result, less than 1%Â of child sexual abuse content, known to the IWF,Â has apparently been hosted in the UK since 2003, down fromÂ 18% in 1997.
As sexually abusive images of children are primarily hosted abroad, they provide a dynamic list of child sexual abuse URLs.
The IWF want web citizens, in the UK and abroad to report all and any content to them http://www.iwf.org.uk/reporting.htm
Scamdex is of the opinion that only community-led notification can help protect our children from being exposed to this obscenity and hopefully prevent children being exploited to feed this industry.