It was a nice course, with a good coverage of topics, including legal aspects, and technical issues both from the view of prosecuting sex offenders and from Web filtering. Speakers were excellent and provided a lok of useful hints and links. I also crafted a backlog hashtag for the event in Twitter (#ERAChildPornCourse), but I am afraid that neither attendents nor speakers are very happy with Twitter (with scarce exceptions). I collected some comments during the event, organized in terms of the topic:
- Media types that do not involve real children are child porn?
- Internet and digital cameras have led to an explosion of child porn, now a home industry
- There is a thousand years history on child porn (e.g. paintings) but cameras imply children are really abused to get it recorded
- What does mean child porn possesion? What about cloud drives? And streaming?
- Internet is world-wide, so who has the jurisdiction? Should anybody have it?
- Eurojust helps coordination of child porn prosecution, examples of operations: "lost boy", "nanny", "dreamboard"
- Lanzarote Convention says accesing a child porn site, if knowing it hosts that stuff, is illegal
- Providing lists of links of web sites hosting child porn is illegal under Lanzarote Convention
- For preparing cases against child porn, prosecutors check nature of material, offender involvement and number of images
- The 10% of photographs ever taken, were taken during the latest year Note: all kind of pics
- Groomers and child sex offenders play "the jailbait game" in vidro chat sites
- Youngsters are extemely vulnerable to grooming: they nearly accept all frienship requests, have 3-4k+ contacts
- Haebephilia is the sexual preference for individuals in early years of puberty (generally 11-14)
- LEAs make use of a plethora of image analysis tools to process suspect pics; Microsoft PhotoDNA just one in the box
- About 20% of child porn stuff is delivered through commercial platforms
- Project HAVEN aims at stop child abuse by EU citizens in foreign countries (Asia, South America...)
- Law Enforcement Agencies cooperate and share a Child Abuse International database
- Law Enforcement Agencies (e.g. Europol) are getting more and more focused on victim identification
- INHOPE has not authority to release block lists of child porn sites
All in all, it has been a great course and I am very happy of being able to attend to it.