English twitter stream of MOGiS e.V. (@MOGiS_en)Please feel free to retweet this page by clicking hereWe are MOGiS e.V. – a German organisation of victims of sexual child-abuse. MOGiS has been established in April 2009 as “MissbrauchsOpfer Gegen InternetSperren” (which could be translated as: “abuse survivors against internet blocking”). We are opposing the blocking of webpages as a means to tackle the circulation of the images of sexual child abuse on the internet. What we are demanding is international cooperation on the removal of images of sexual child abuse from the internet. One positive example for this kind of cooperation could be the INHOPE network of internet hotlines.
Our Slogan: Remove, don’t block! — Act, and don’t look away!Actually we have been surprised by the early leakage of the proposal of the Council of Ministers of the European Union. This webpage will be enhanced with references and facts continuously. If you want to network or have any questions, remarks or even have access to blocking lists in other countries, please do not hesitate to contact “info.eu (at) mogis-verein.de”. by Christian Bahls Because of the proposal of the European Commission the mandatory blocking of websites is being discussed in the European Union again. The EU member-states are about to be obliged to block the access to certain websites using a secret blocking list that is being exchanged by the police forces without any involvement of the member-states’ justice system. The EU-member-states will obligate their national ISPs to manipulate the name resolution (DNS) for their citizens based on the secret blocking list. To implement this infrastructure the ISPs have to make changes to their core infrastructure (the nameserver). Once the blocking scheme has been implemented it can be used to restrict the access to any website. So first lets get a few facts straight:
- The expression “child pornography” is a gross and misleading oversimplification of what we are actually talking about. Because neither is the child a prostitute (porneia) nor are we talking about an illustration (grapho). What in fact we are talking about is the documentation (pictures/films) of the sexual exploitation of children. So it should be called “abuse imagery”, “images of sexual child abuse” or similar. This also sends a signal to consumers of such imagery: they are not consuming porn, but images of the sexual abuse of a child. The availability of that content is furthering the suffering of the affected children.
- Having a look that the German police statistics we see that one out of one hundred children that have been sexually abused (mostly by family members or close relatives) is being abused on camera (98 out of 15098 abuse victims in 2008).
- some of these documents of child abuse find their way into the internet (although most of this content is probably being redistributed by snail mail or between mobile phones).
- On the Internet one of the redistribution channels is the Web (the other (far bigger) channels would be P2P and E-Mail). In 2008 the german INHOPE contact “Internetbeschwerdestelle” handled 2562 complaints about the distribution of abuse imagery on the Internet, of those 2562 complaints only 449 were about content to be found in the Web.
- The Web is where the access blocking shall take place.
- Phase I: Introduce blocking technology aimed at stopping the distribution of child abusive images and material. The system is called CSAADF (Child Sexual Abuse Anti Distribution Filter).
- Phase II: Analysis of sites and identify legal elements in the business solution and destroy their possibility of making a profit.
- Phase III: Investigating the people that financially benefit from the commercial distribution of child abuse material.
- Driver: Norway
- Co-driver: UK
- Forerunner countries: Denmark, Belgium, France, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany
- Supporting units: Europol and Interpol