20 Years of INHOPE
INHOPE – The International Association of Internet hotlines was formed in 1999 in response to a shared vision of an internet free of online Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). In the intervening 20 years, the INHOPE network has grown to successfully face the ever-expanding scourge of online CSAM which has grown exponentially in numbers, geographical spread and severity.
Today, the 40+ hotlines in the INHOPE network are working on the ground on every continent receiving reports and rapidly removing CSAM from the internet and sharing data with law enforcement & industry every single day.
This has been achieved by teams of committed analysts using a world class infrastructure which enables reports to be exchanged instantly across borders towards our objective of an internet free from child sexual abuse material.
In marking the 20th anniversary of INHOPE’s creation we acknowledge the tasks faced and the success achieved by the hotline network in this work so far. As we look into 2020 and beyond, INHOPE is recommitting to its vision of an internet free of child sexual abuse material, but with a focus on removing CSAM more rapidly.
To achieve this vision over the coming years, we will strive for further technological development, network growth and greater cooperation with law enforcement and industry - utilising our funding by the European Commission.
In the intervening 20 years, the INHOPE network has grown to successfully face the ever-expanding scourge of online CSAM which has grown exponentially in numbers, geographical spread and severity.'