The global reach of child abuse through ISPs
The live broadcast of child sexual abuse and the proliferation of child abuse material and images that lead to child sexual abuse and rape has grown dramatically during the pandemic. Although the arrival of international pedophile tourists has decreased in the Philippines, there are still resident foreign pedophiles who abuse children. The famous Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the leading charity that tracks pedophiles online and monitors and shuts down child abuse websites, has reported that there have been 8.8 million attempted perpetrators child sex in the UK to access these sites during shutdowns since 2020 and this year.
Pedophiles use their Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to access and share abusive child sexual abuse videos and images online, and to order online sexual acts where children are abused. It’s shocking and astonishing, and that figure of 8.8 million comes from the UK alone. The trafficking of child pornography through ISPs represents hundreds, if not thousands of millions around the world. The IWF is one of the few effective organizations fighting against abusers and trying to reduce the number of abuses. Still, that can’t stop everything and millions more around the world are surely getting child abuse material through ISPs.
â€œAnyone who provides internet services should do everything possible to ensure the safety and protection of the users of their network. Of course, the internet does not respect borders, so it is essential that businesses scale up as well,â€ said Susie. . Hardgrave, OBE and Managing Director of the Internet Watch Foundation. This very dedicated CEO is calling on internet service providers around the world to get involved, to do their moral and legal duty in blocking the proliferation of child sexual abuse images. Currently, ISPs depend on the IWF to do the work for them, and the IWF finds and shares with ISPs abusive websites and images they find and advises ISPs to remove them and to block them. But it is above all the duty of the ISPs themselves. The IWF cannot control the whole world; they show the way. To what extent should the ordinary subscriber be held responsible for subscribing to an ISP that does not block or filter child pornography and should that ISP not be accountable?
These subscribers’ own children may become victims of child pornography or be influenced or treated online. Since each ISP is connected to all of the other ISPs, they have the overall responsibility of working together to install blocking software. This will make it very difficult for pedophiles and child molesters to peddle, view and share abusive content.
In most countries of the world, ISPs claim that they are not responsible for what their customers and users post online. They deny being responsible for offensive abusive content. Some ISPs claim they are deploying web browsing software and, according to the IWF, 155 ISPs have chosen to deploy Microsoft DNA software. There are hundreds of thousands of ISPs around the world who do little or nothing to block child pornography content that passes through ISP servers.
Considering that Western countries recently agreed to pass laws to subject multinational corporations to at least 15% tax globally, why can’t they force ISPs to use intelligence blocking software? artificial better and more effective to protect children? We must continue to expose the evil of child abuse online to pressure governments and businesses to take dedicated and coordinated action to pass and implement strong laws to protect children online by requiring ISPs to install blocking software.
The solution they say is very complicated, but the truth is, it is simple. Most ISPs have chosen not to deploy software to identify, track and block terrible crimes against children. They want to make more money.
They find refuge and protection behind section 9 of the American law known as the Decency Communications Act. He says ISPs should not be held responsible for what is posted or goes through their servers. But they should be held accountable by law and duty to protect vulnerable children from sexual exploitation and abuse, but for them, money comes above all of this urgent moral duty. The public should be aware that this transmission of child abuse images and live streaming of abuse videos are ongoing and licensed by the same ISPs they pay a fee to connect them to the internet. Their computers and laptops use ISPs which allow abuse. We all need to stand up and say they need to protect children and force lawmakers to pass such laws.
In the Philippines, such a blocking service is not provided by ISPs although since 2009 the Republic Act (RA) 9775 says they must do so. After a long campaign by the Preda Foundation since 2009, PLDT / Smart recently signed up to an IWF list of recently discovered abusive websites and claims to have blocked 10,000 of them. It’s just a drop in the ocean of millions of child abuse sites and images passing through their servers. Globe, Converge and DITO and other Filipino ISPs have not said whether they will obey the law.
The law requires Filipino ISPs to obey RA 9775 and install blocking software like Microsoft PhotoDNA and VideoDNA or other web crawlers to detect and block images of child sexual abuse. A revised version of RA 9775 is in the works and to be sure we can assume that there is fierce pressure and lobbying behind the scenes to water down the provisions of the revised RA 9775.
At least one congressman has gone public suggesting that the blocking provision should be removed altogether. The influence of the ISPs in promoting its political ambitions has yet to be revealed. Senator Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros and other dedicated principled senators, however, are completely determined to reverse such attempts and will pass a stricter law significantly increasing the requirement to install the software and increasing the fines for them. ISPs that do not comply. . They can suspend their license and franchise. It would be of immense service to the hundreds of thousands of abused children raped every hour around the world. It needs to be stopped, and we need to campaign to make it happen.