Every five minutes, analysts at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) in Cambridge find and remove an image or video online of a child suffering sexual abuse. Cambridge Network is working with them to beat the harmful side of technology by helping them to develop and harness cutting-edge tools to stop the repeat victimisation of those abused in childhood.
Internet Watch Foundation launches its #Every5Minutes campaign
Now the Network is sharing a call to organisations and people from Cambridge, and further afield, to support the global tech charity on your doorstep in any way you can and help bring an end to child sexual abuse imagery online.
For too many children, the ordeal of sexual abuse doesn’t end when the abuse stops. The recording, viewing and sharing of countless images online means victims suffer humiliation and misery every time someone clicks on a photo or video of their abuse.
IWF's brave Cambridge analysts use state-of-the-art tech and skilled human insight to find, assess and remove online images and videos of children being sexually abused. These could be hosted anywhere in the world and contain a level of child sexual abuse most people could not comprehend, let alone cope with seeing. It takes a very special person to do this job.
How can you help?
Last year, the IWF assessed the highest number of reports to date, finding and removing record amounts of child sexual abuse content from the internet.
Together, we recognise the growing scale of the problem, and are determined to use technology as a force for good.
We can make a real difference here if we all work together and help the IWF make a real impact.
You can support the IWF in a number of different ways:
If you're involved with a tech organisation or start-up in Cambridge or the surrounding areas, you can join us as a corporate member and not only will you gain access to our cutting-edge tools but you'll be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the world’s leading tech titans as we battle to eliminate child sexual abuse imagery from the internet once and for all.
Partner with us
From raising critical funds, to gifts-in-kind or building awareness, there are a host of ways your company, organisation or college can support our work to rid the internet of child sexual abuse. Your partnership with the IWF not only helps engage employees and achieves shared impact but it demonstrates your commitment to victims of child sexual abuse and online safety.
Support victims of child sexual abuse from being traumatised every time images or videos of their abuse are viewed, shared or sold online by making a donation to IWF's charitable work. Make a single or regular donation online or text FIVE, TEN or TWENTY to 70460 to donate £5, £10 or £20* and help a victim of child sexual abuse.
Join our Hackathon
If you're a professional programmer, part-time coder or someone who enjoys developing software as a hobby, we need your help! On Saturday 21 March at IWF's HQ, we're holding our first Cambridge Hack where we'll be running a series of sprints to develop tools for our analysts to use in the fight against child sexual abuse online.
Please note: attendees at the Hackathon will not be required to view any child sexual abuse imagery.
Attend our exclusive Gala Dinner
On 12 September 2020 at Corpus Christi College Cambridge, IWF will be hosting a special evening fundraiser. Join us for a Champagne reception and three-course dinner hosted by a celebrity (to be announced).
More information about all of the ways you can support IWF can be found at iwf.org.uk/every5minutes.
IWF is an international charity working to make the internet a safer place by minimising the availability of online child sexual abuse videos and images.