Strategies to prevent and fight child pornography on Developing Countries

3 December 2008 - A Workshop on Privacy in Hyderabad, India

Original Proposal

The "maturity" that the phenomenon of social-networks has gained in Brazil is unique wordwide. Some specialists believe that Brazil is three years ahead of the rest of the world on the social-networking good and bad consequences. The trends of growth of child pornography in social-networks services are a very strong concern in many developing countries, particularly in Brazil, India and Paraguay. The current instruments of international cooperation are not sufficient to face child abuse on the Internet, particularly at developing nations. In Brazil, new kinds of social and judicial measures were necessary to face child abuse and other cybercrimes against human rights and to force the industry to take action and cooperate with the law enforcements and judicial system.

The European based self-regulatory model has been a good experience of effective collaboration among government, private sector, third sector and academic community towards the development of a safer enviroment for childrens on a national and regional level. It could be implemented in other countries, with similar results. However, it is not clear that this kind of model could be applied as is at the international level, particularly in developing countries without strong ICT industry and corporate social responsibility culture.

This workshop intends to examine the growth of child pornography on the internet, to evaluate the effectiveness of various measures now available to combat it, identify and discuss public policies, judicial cooperation and procedures in a multi-stakeholder approach and to consider what further steps need to be taken, particularly at an international level, within a developin-nation perspective.