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  IWF Annual Report 2018:
  Global figures show online child sexual abuse imagery up by a third

 IWF Annual Report 2018:   Global figures show online child sexual abuse imagery up by a third

Figures released on Wednesday (April 18th), by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the charity that searches for and removes online child sexual abuse imagery, show that more of this disturbing material is being found than ever before with a 37% increase in child sexual abuse URLs.

The data is published in the IWF’s Annual Report, which provides a yearly global measure of the number of online images and videos of children being sexually abused to government, the police and the internet industry. The eagerly awaited report also contains trends in how services are being abused by offenders to host this illegal material.

Alarmingly, Europe is named as the worst offender, now hosting 65% of all confirmed IWF child sexual abuse imagery (up from 60% last year).

Click here to view the press release and access the full report.


Editorial Commentary:  We know it could work, but we don’t want you to gain your ‘freedom’ to do trade deals or stop having to contribute £bns to the EU!

The big question this week, as the EU negotiators emulate De Gaulle’s ‘Non’ to a technological solution to the RoI – NI border post-Brexit, is why are the EU’s negotiators ignoring the EU’s own research if they are being ‘honest’ in their negotiations?

European Parliament Think tank - Smart Border 2.0 Avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland for customs control and the free movement of persons:

 “One of the most politically-sensitive aspects of the current ‘Brexit’ negotiations is the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.  In many respects, the Irish border is unique, with some 200 possible crossing points along the 500km border.  Managing such a porous border in the event that the UK, following Brexit, does not participate in a customs union with the EU, thus becoming an external EU border, presents significant challenges for the EU and UK alike.

In order to analyse the various options, on 26 November 2017, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs organised a workshop for the AFCO Committee to examine this question.  As part of this, Lars Karlsson, a former director at the World Customs Organisation, proposed a solution in his paper ‘Smart Border 2.0’”.

At the end of the Study Summary on page 11 it says; It is possible to implement a Customs & Borders Solution that meet the requirements of the EU Customs legislation (Union Customs Code) and procedures …. If using a combination of international standards, global best practices and state of the art technology …..

Smart Border 2.0 Avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland

The EU's solution to the Irish border issue. Who knew ...

It's time to stop doom-mongering over the Irish border - the solutions ...BfB:  Where Are We On the Irish Border?

OE:  British-Irish relations show signs of Brexit strain ~ How to fix the Irish border problem - CapX

 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:

Researched links

Brexit microsite (Information about the Article 50 process and our negotiations for a new partnership with the EU)

DIT:  Trade and the Commonwealth – an opportunity to eradicate poverty for good

ScotGov:  Continuity Bill ~ NAO:  Exiting the EU - The financial settlement

Open Europe:  Reconciling different perspectives

OE:  What to make of Labour’s Brexit tests?

OE:  What future for Europe’s foreign & defence policy?

OE:  British-Irish relations show signs of Brexit strain

IEA releases report ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

BfB:  Where Are We On the Irish Border?

Smart Border 2.0 Avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland for ...

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