INHOPE: “Child Pornography in Russian Internet Down by 200%”


2012 witnessed the number of Russian-based web sites hosting illegal content (child pornography) nearly halved from 29% to 13%, according to International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE) report. Internationally, the majority of child pornography web sites are hosted in the Netherlands, followed by USA, with Russia ranking third.

Interpreting the trend, Safe Internet League CEO Denis Davydov cites, among other factors, the organization’s active work: «When the League was founded in February 2011, 29% — almost a third — of all child pornography web sites were hosted in the Russian Federation, making it, alongside with the US and Thailand, world leader in child pornography. The two years we were active saw the figure slashed to 13%». Among other things, the League has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Vkontakte, one of the most popular social networking sites in Russia, pledging to eradicate online child pornography. Besides that, the League established an Internet hotline for reporting dangerous content found on Russian-language web sites, and introduced tools for more rapid response to such reports. Finally, it founded the Cyberguard movement which united people volunteering to track and report online criminal activities. In 2012 they helped to uncover around 300 instances of online crime in the Russian-language Internet sector.

However, Mr Davydov thinks online child pornography remains one of the burning issues for the Russian society: «INHOPE figures show that Russia still enjoys the shameful title of one of the world’s top three child pornography hubs. And so we ought to recognize it is a stain on the whole nation, and keep concerted action against it».

Safe Internet League:
The largest and most reputable Russian organization fighting dangerous Web content. Its aim is to eradicate dangerous content through community action by IT professionals, industry players, and regular Internet users.
Its mission is complete eradication of dangerous online content by making the professional community and industry players adopt self-regulation, to avoid censorship.

An international network of Internet hotlines aimed at combatting illegal online content. Created in 1999, INHOPE comprises 41 Internet hotlines in 36 nations across the globe. The Russian Federation is represented in INHOPE by two organizations, the Friendly Runet Foundation and the Safer Internet Centre. Both are members of the Safe Internet League.

INHOPE’s main task is providing Internet users with means of reporting illegal online content (first and foremost child pornography) and facilitating transnational cooperation of NGOs and law enforcement agencies on the subject. Co-financed by the European Commission, INHOPE’s network enables real-time exchange of information on uncovered dangerous content for blocking the offending web sites and prosecuting their owners.