Microsoft contribution to combating sexual abuse of children on the Internet


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Microsoft contribution to combating sexual abuse of children on the Internet

  1. 1. Microsoft contribution to combating sexual abuse of children on the Internet Jean-Christophe Le Toquin, Director Internet Safety EMEA
  2. 2. Agenda 1. What is the problem? 2. Technology : Child Exploitation Tracking System 3. Cooperation : the European Financial Coalition 4. Training, Research and Education against Cybercrime : 2CENTRE 5. What are the opportunities for Estonia?
  3. 3. 1. What is the problem? • Estimated more than 4 million non commercial Internet sites worldwide containing exploitive material about children - 500 new sites being created daily • Estimated 2,500-3,000 commercial child abuse websites in existence* • Estimated 250-300 sites operating at any one time* • Age of child victims has lowered significantly – severity of abuse risen considerably* • 16.4% rise in child abuse image reports from the same period in 2006* • Police around the world have identified fewer than 500 of the estimated 500,000 online child abuse images Source : Internet Watch Foundation (UK), 2007
  4. 4. 2. Technology : need for partnership Industry, government, and law enforcement agencies throughout the world recognize the need to forge a partnership. • Law enforcement agencies need to be involved in designing the solution • It is imperative that the solution adheres to existing rights and civil liberties of the citizens of the various countries • Needs to be global in nature and foster collaboration among nations and agencies
  5. 5. 2. Technology : worldwide cooperation • January 2003, Toronto police detectives and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began working with Microsoft, Interpol and other law enforcement to create a solution to combat on line exploitation • April 2005, launch of the Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS). It is a web-based system built using Microsoft tools and technologies based on global industry standards, including XML to ensure that it easily integrates with any software format
  6. 6. 2. Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS) • Pronounced “kets,” this tool helps law enforcement collaborate and share information with other police services based on legal agreements in place • It is designed to integrate and complement current Records Management Systems • CETS contains powerful features that permit investigators to easily import, organize, analyze, share and search information, from the point of detection through the investigative phase of an investigation
  7. 7. 2. Technology : measurable successes • CETS already has played a part in several investigations across geographic boundaries, creating links that have helped apprehend online offenders and, most important, lead to the rescue of children in countries around the world. • March 2006 – 27 people in four countries were arrested, who ran an extremely sophisticated private chat room used for child exploitation • To date CETS has been implemented in 7 countries, with more than 500 officers using the system
  8. 8. 3. Cooperation : the European Financial Coalition against indecent images • Launched 3rd March 2009, in London, by Jacques Barrot, Vice President of European Commission • Project driven by law • Funded by enforcement : UK, Italy, Europol European • With the support of financial Commission with payment service providers, support from banks, ISPs, NGOs industry and NGOs • Working together to combat the crime of commercial sexual exploitation and abuse of children on the internet
  9. 9. 3. Cooperation : objectives of the European Financial Coalition • To bring together all stakeholders involved in the fight against the commercial sale and distribution of child abuse images • Facilitate properly coordinated law enforcement and other complementary disruptive activities
  10. 10. 3. Cooperation : objectives of the European Financial Coalition • Identify, locate and safeguard victims • Identify, locate and arrest offenders • Identify, trace and seize assets of offenders • Develop and utilise complementary disruptive activities • Educate and inform key stakeholders
  11. 11. 3. Cooperation : activities of the European Financial Coalition • Steering group • Secure website • Working groups, for example – Payment Systems monitoring – Data sharing (Europol and Microsoft) • Tasking and coordination group • Stakeholder consultation • Fully functioning EFC launched at the end of this one year pilot
  12. 12. 3. Cooperation : Steering Group of the EFC Law Enforcement • Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (UK) • Italian National Postal and Communication Police • Europol Industry • Visa Europe / MasterCard / PayPal • Microsoft NGOs • INHOPE / Missing Children Europe • ICMEC / Allen & Overy (advisory members)
  13. 13. 3. Cooperation : expected results of the European Financial Coalition • At the end of the one year pilot, the EFC will be launched and fully functioning • Immediate impact by promoting good governance, disseminating intelligence on offenders • Enhanced ability of stakeholders to act against abuse of their systems
  14. 14. 3. Cooperation : expected results of the European Financial Coalition • Offenders brought to justice • Reduced incidence and availability of child abuse images on the internet • Criminal proceeds from this crime seized and confiscated • Much enhanced cooperation between law enforcement, private sector and third sector
  15. 15. 4. Education : 2CENTRE • Cybercrime Centres of Excellence Network for Training, Research and Education • Announced on 9th March 2009 at the Cybercrime Conference of the Council of Europe • A new vision defined by Europol, Interpol, Universities of Dublin (Ireland) and Troyes (France) and industry. • Universities will be funded by European Commission with support from industry • Objective is to improve quality of trainings on cybercrime, in Europe and beyond, for law enforcement and industry, at reduced cost
  16. 16. 5. What are the opportunities for Estonia? • Join the European Financial Coalition (it has just started) • Join the 2CENTRE initiative (it is starting now) • Explore with law enforcement agencies from other countries how CETS or similar tools could help combating child exploitation online (these tools are still very new) • Microsoft in Estonia and Europe can provide connections and expertise for these 3 projects
  17. 17. Thank You © 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. This presentation is for informational purposes only. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, in this summary.