NetSafe was welcomed as the 50th member of INHOPE in June 2014. INHOPE is an active and collaborative network of 51 hotlines in 45 countries worldwide working together to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.
INHOPE Hotlines offer the public a way of anonymously reporting Internet material including child sexual abuse material they suspect to be illegal. The Hotline will ensure that the matter is investigated and if found to be illegal the information will be passed to the relevant Law Enforcement Agency and in many cases the Internet Service Provider hosting the content. INHOPE not only creates a network of people and organisations, but co-ordinates a central database of CSAM which assist in the rapid identification of those producing this content, but can also assist in recognition of the young people exploited in the production and in doing so prevent them being subject to further abuse.
Netsafe works with INHOPE member hotlines to share experience and expertise in this area, in order to provide access to greater resources for ourselves and the law enforcement agencies, NZ Police and Censorship Compliance at DIA that assist New Zealanders who are affected by the creation and distribution of CSAM.
As well as the member network, INHOPE is supported by a network of stakeholders with representation from industry, international law enforcement, government and international civil society organisations.