Funding tools to combat child pornography on the Internet
Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018 4:01PM MST
The Canadian government is addressing the rising number of incidents reported on child pornography in the country.
Statistics Canada recorded 6,245 incidents in 2016, an increase of 41% over the previous year. In response, the liberal government announced last week $4.1 million of funding over five years and $857,000 a year ongoing to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
The center is a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. The funding provided will allow the center to help maintain and develop their programs and services that aim to reduce content of child sexual abuse on the internet. Some of these operations include:
- Project Arachnid: developing and maintaining a web crawler that detects child sexual abuse online and leads to prompt removal of material.
- Cybertip.ca operations, Canada’s national tip-line for online sexual abuse and exploitation of children
- Identifying victims and improving support for survivors through a proposed program called ‘survivor’s network.’