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Moving Public-Private Partnerships From Rhetoric to Reality: CIRCAMP / CSAADF Transferability Assessment

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August 2009
13 pages
This paper examines the planning and implementation of the Comprehensive Operational Strategic Planning for the Police Internet Related Child Abusive Material Project (CIRCAMP), which is an effort to develop a workable solution to online child exploitation.
CIRCAMP employs an innovative partnership between law enforcement, financial institutions, businesses (e.g., Internet services providers), and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the creation of a network that coordinates multinational investigations, targets financial flows to child exploiters, and denies the Internet to viewers of online child exploitation. This study focuses on three elements of the CIRCAMP program: the level of cooperation and resulting successes from the CIRCAMP network, the use of technology filters, and the targeting of financial flows as a deterrent and investigative tool. Regarding cooperation, the Comprehensive Operational Strategic Planning for the Police (COSPOL) involves the European Police Chiefs Task Force (EPTCF) in its efforts to form a lasting international cooperative networks among law enforcement agencies in Europe. The EPCTF has identified online child exploitation as one of the areas that COSPOL should encourage its members to address, which led to the formation of CIRCAMP. One of the efforts of CIRCAMP is the implementation of the Child Sexual Abuse Anti-Distribution Filter (CSAADF), which was initiated by Telenor, the largest Internet service provider (ISP) in Norway. Software was developed to filter online child exploitation from the ISP network. This software was shared with law enforcement at no costs. CSAADF is working with NGOs to monitor and expand the list of child pornography Web sites. When an incoming Web site request matches one of the Web sites , the filter automatically redirects the user to a "stop" page rather than the Web site sought. The stop page warns users why they were redirected and offers an opportunity to question why a particular Web site was blocked. 11 notes and appended example of the stop page

Date Published: August 1, 2009