Child Pornography on Developing Countries: Strategies to Move Forward

18 November 2009 - A Best Practice Forum on Security in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


The trends of growth of child sexual abuse on the Internet are a very strong concern in many developing countries, particularly in Brazil, India and Thailand. 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 address these issues and to force the industry to take action.
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.
Some specialists believe that the situation in Brazil is paradigmatic, because represents the beginning of a new form of creating social control and governance balance between law enforcements users data requests, application of national legislation and jurisdiction and big international ISPs wordwide policies and strategies. 
This workshop intends to examine the growth of child sexual abuse 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.