On 28th June 2016, Minister of State for Justice David Stanton T.D., launched the ISPAI Hotline.ie Annual Report covering January to December 2015 – during a press event hosted in Dublin at the Irish Architectural Archive.
The event was attended by high level representatives of An Garda Síochána, Department of Justice and Equality, Child Safety and Protection Policy Unit within the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Ombudsman for Children’s Office, Tusla Child and Family Agency, Ireland’s Domain Registry, Children’s Rights Alliance, National Youth Council, ISP Industry, Safer Internet Centre partners, academia and other child welfare NGOs.
“I cannot over-emphasise that the co-operation of the Internet Service Providers is an essential part of the concept of an effective Hotline. In Ireland the self-regulatory system was the key recommendation of the Working Group on the Illegal and Harmful Use of the Internet in 1998. I believe that no other EU country has had a formal Working Group who reported with recommendations on self-regulation in the formal way that Ireland did. I note that the EU Commission adopted on 25 May 2016 a Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market and the Commission endorses the self-regulatory approach to deal with issues such as illegal and harmful content online” said the Minister of State for Justice David Stanton.
He also commended “ISPAI members for their responsible approach to playing their part in addressing Internet Safety, as evidenced by their practical and financial support for the work of Hotline.ie”, while adding “the Government values this input and will continue to be supportive of it”.
Aside from an analysis of the online illegal content reported by the public to Hotline.ie in 2015, this Annual Report covers: trends and evolution of Online Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) distribution over the past 15 years; evidence of the ripple effect produced by 1 report to Hotline.ie; and amongst other things Hotline.ie’s international contribution to the fight against Online CSAM.
Following the executive summary outlining the key findings, trends and observations in relation to the online illegal content reported to ISPAI Hotline.ie in 2015 – delivered by Paul Durrant Chief Executive of ISPAI and Manager of Hotline.ie – Guest Speaker Denton Howard talked about the international network — 52 Internet Hotlines operating in 47 countries worldwide — and Hotline.ie’s international contribution to the fight against Online CSAM.
He also noted on this occasion “the work that Hotlines do is hard, disturbing, challenging …I know because I train and support the people who are in the trenches operating Hotlines, processing reports, analysing Child Sexual Abuse Imagery and trying to determine where the content is hosted so that appropriate swift action may be taken.”
The digital version of ISPAI Hotline.ie Annual Report covering January to December 2015 is now available online @ https://www.hotline.ie/library/annual-reports/2016/report-for-2016.pdf