Peter Robbins to leave the IWF

Peter Robbins, OBE today resigned his position as Chief Executive of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). He is staying on until July to give the IWF time to find a successor. He is quoted as saying: “It has been an absolute honour and privilege to lead the IWF since 2002 through a period of unprecedented […]

Website blocking is not a good idea – petition

As part of the Digital Economy Act the goverment is potentially going to ask the ISP industry to block access to websites that perpetrate or encourage Copyright infringement. There are two points to make here: The first, which is one that has been repeatedly made, relates to the inefficacy of the methods used to block […]

EUROISPA paper on Online Child Exploitation

EUROISPA has published a position paper on online child exploitation. The paper contains three key arguments: 1. Full support for professionally operated hotline: Governments should concentrate on developing a clear legal and judicial framework. The public must play an essential role in the reporting to the police or local hotlines of suspected child sexual abuse […]

Houston we have a problem – Digital Economy Bill amendment 120A #Digital Britain

The ISP industry is up in arms today as the House of Lords yesterday rushed through ill considered amendment 120A to the Digital Economy Bill proposing to allow rights holders to serve notice on ISPs to block access to sites considered by them (rightsholders) to have illegal content – music, movies, software etc. This is […]

Government confirms it won’t mandate IWF list

Further to my post of a couple of weeks ago it has been confirmed that legislation is unlikely to be introduced to mandate support for the IWF blocking list. Alan Campbell, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Home Office, said that it remains the hope of Government that the target of 100 per cent of consumer-facing ISPs […]

Government confirms it won't mandate IWF list

Further to my post of a couple of weeks ago it has been confirmed that legislation is unlikely to be introduced to mandate support for the IWF blocking list. Alan Campbell, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Home Office, said that it remains the hope of Government that the target of 100 per cent of consumer-facing ISPs […]

Mandatory IWF support law dropped

I understand that the Government is likely to drop plans to force ISPs to support the Internet Watch Foundation’s child abuse website filter. This is something that most consumer ISPs support our of their own choice. It is reckoned that 99% of all consumer broadband connections are prevented from accessing sites that promote child abuse/pornography. Someone had decided […]

IWF Update

You may remember the fuss surrounding the anti-child porn agency, Internet Watch Foundation back in December 2008. The IWF blocked access to a Wikipedia webpage causing much consternation. The IWF Council is meeting tomorrow for a post mortem on the issue and is discussing setting up a technical workgroup to find a way around the […]

IWF Blocking Access To Wikipedia Article

There’s been a lot in the news over the weekend regarding IWF blocking access to an article  Wikipedia. I recently covered the IWF in this blog. Now it has hit the heights of the news this morning on BBC Radio 4. The IWF provides blacklists to ISPs of www links that they consider to have child […]

Internet Watch Foundation

The IWF is a not for profit organisation dedicated to minimising the availability of UK internet content that is racially abusive or criminally obscene or contains images of child sexual abuse anywhere in the world. Their website is somewhere people can go to report such content found on the internet. Since the beginning of the year their hotline has dealt […]