NEWS 2013

INHOPE expands and strengthens presence in the Balkans and South America

November 14, 2013

Online child sexual exploitation is likely to rise in the coming years, with ever-increasing Internet adoption rates globally. To prevent and protect, maximum cooperation and a multi-stakeholder approach are needed. Digital citizens need to know where to report illegal content and criminal conduct.


For this very reason, the INHOPE family continues to expand and work in close partnership with industry and law enforcement. At its General Assembly held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, earlier this week, INHOPE welcomed two new Association members, respectively from the Balkans and South America:


Net Patrol is INHOPE's new member hotline in Serbia. Operated by the NGO Fund92, it serves a population of 7 million people. Serbia's fast growing Internet penetration which currently stands at 48% makes Net Patrol the country's one-stop-shop for reporting illegal, harmful and inappropriate content and conduct on the Internet. The hotline currently takes and processes reports for the following categories: child sexual abuse/ paedophile activities, violence, cyberbullying and hate speech. Net Patrola works closely with an anti child trafficking NGO, so reports about online child sexual abuse can be forwarded to the hotline and the hotline can inform the NGO about child trafficking cases.

Net Patrol is one of the segments of “Click Safely”, the Safer Internet Centre project in Serbia. The project was implemented by Fund B92 and started its activities in January 2013, in cooperation with the RS Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications and RS Ministry of Internal Affairs, with the financial support of the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) and the Telenor Foundation.

 SaferNet Brazil is the first INHOPE Association member hotline in South America. SaferNet is a Brazilian non-profit organisation which was created in 2005 to combat Internet crime and take down illegal content in partnership with the Federal Public Ministry. The organisation is the unique civil society body in Brazil with formal agreements with the Ministry of Justice, Federal Police and Human Rights Secretariat at the President of Republic Office to be formally allowed to receive and process reports from the public. Safernet also educates, trains, and mobilises the public on issues relating to their e-rights and e-safety. When it comes to Internet usage, Brazil ranks fifth in the world, with 89 million Internet users, 45% of its population. In 2013, Brazil also became the fifth largest smartphone market in the world. 



INHOPE's charitable arm, the INHOPE Foundation, also welcomed three new hotlines in Colombia, Thailand and Kazakhstan.To learn more about their activities, please visit the INHOPE Foundation website: And remember you can always make a donation today to the Foundation to help forge a better digital tomorrow in emerging countries.


INHOPE was founded in 1999 and has now grown to a network of 49 hotlines in 43 countries. INHOPE remains a trusted partner of industry and law enforcement in the fight against online child sexual abuse.




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