Private Sector Partners

The private sector has a vital role to play in tackling online child abuse, and a number of private sector players are working with the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) to help make the internet safer by design.

Private sector partners may include those from industry, academia and non-government organisations.

To recognise those organisations that are leading the way in promoting safety on the internet, the VGT encourages private sector partnership. The aim is to publicly recognise good corporate citizenship, support innovative thinking and, ultimately, to reduce the incidence of child abuse online.

Current VGT private sector partners

Blackberry

Blackberry, the company behind the BlackBerry product line, is a global leader in wireless innovation which revolutionised the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999.

Child Rescue Coaltion (CRC)

Child Rescue Coaltion (CRC), a Boca Raton-based nonprofit organization with global reach, has spent the past decade building the world’s most sophisticated technology to hunt online predators. Through proactive partnerships with law enforcement, the nonprofit’s system has tracked 44 million offenders around the world in order to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. With a vision of protection through justice, the technology developed by the CRC has aided in the prosecution and conviction of more than 6,500 online predators and rescued over 1,000 abused children in the last four years alone. For more information, visit childrescuecoalition.org or call (561) 208-9000.

ECPAT

ECPAT is a global network of organisations committed to protecting children from commercial sexual exploitation. By having an in-depth understanding of the online experiences of children, ECPAT is able to share valuable research and intelligence with other VGT partners and law enforcement agencies.

ICDL Arabia

ICDL Arabia is the regional arm of the ECDL Foundation, a vendor-neutral, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to raising digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society. Initially funded by the European Union Commission in support of its Member States and later adopted by UNESCO-UCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) for Arab States, the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) certification programme validates the skills of the masses through structured training and testing on the latest ICT proficiencies required by today’s workplace and society. ICDL is delivered through a network of more than 24,000 accredited centres across 100 countries in 41 languages. It enables individuals as well as organisations to assess, build and certify their competence in the use of computers and digital tools to the globally-recognised ICDL standard.

As a thought-leader on the topic of basic ICT skills and the responsible use of technology aimed at the masses, with more than 54 million ICDL tests taken, we made a solemn commitment to advocate the topic cyber safety, not only in our teaching, but also through raising public awareness on the subjects of cyber bullying, cyber addiction, and online exploitation- all in the interest of protecting children. Today, ICDL is a major contributor to national cyber safety initiatives working with policy-makers within the governmental and educational authorities.

ICMEC

ICMEC is leading a global movement to protect children from sexual exploitation and abduction. ICMEC works with partners on six continents to provide governments, law enforcement agencies, private sector companies, and non governmental organisations with the training, expertise and support required to enforce and protect the rights of children.

INHOPE

INHOPE supports and coordinates worldwide internet hotlines dealing with illegal content online, primarily child sexual abuse material. With internet hotlines being an effective first line of defence against illegal activity online, INHOPE’s work strongly aligns with the VGT’s aims of keeping children safe online.

INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION (IJM)

International Justice Mission (IJM) is leading the fight in the developing world to protect the poor from violence. The largest organization of its kind, IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims from trafficking and other forms of violent abuse, bring the criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. Through our projects in the developing world, IJM’s unique model is proving that stronger law enforcement can reduce the victimization of the poor through trafficking and slavery and sustainably protect all vulnerable people in a community from future exploitation. IJM’s team includes hundreds of lawyers, investigators, social workers, community activists and other professionals at work in nearly 20 communities throughout Africa, Latin America and South and Southeast Asia.

Kik

Kik Interactive, Inc. is the maker of Kik, a username-based smartphone messenger that lets more than 200 million people chat with their friends no matter where they meet. Using Kik’s Promoted Chats, brands can engage chatters in one-to-one conversations at scale and measure the results using Kik’s management dashboard. Kik is currently a Top 10 App on Google Play and a Top 30 App in the App Store, and continues to grow rapidly with more than 250,000 new users joining every day. Founded in 2009, Kik Interactive, Inc. is headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and is funded by Foundation Capital, RRE, Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures, and other leading venture capital firms. For more information, please visit: http://www.kik.com/.

 

Magnet Forensics

Magnet Forensics is a global leader in the development of products for law enforcement, military and intelligence agencies that acquire, analyze and report on digital evidence from smartphones, tablets and computers. Its products are used by thousands of agencies in over ninety countries on cases ranging from the exploitation of children to terrorism, cybercrime and almost every other form of criminal activity that is enabled by the internet.

The company was founded by a former law enforcement officer who developed a solution to recover a user’s activity and communications from their digital devices while investigating cases of child exploitation during his time serving in the digital forensics unit. The company maintains a deep commitment to serving its partners in law enforcement in their efforts to combat the exploitation of children.

Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit

Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit Transforming the fight against digital crime through partnerships, and legal and technical breakthroughs that destroy the way cybercriminals operate.

The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) is a unique team in the tech industry, focused on making the world safer by disrupting some of the most difficult cybercrime threats facing society today – including technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and malicious software crimes, particularly botnet-driven Internet attacks. With cooperation across industry, law enforcement, academia, government, and NGOs worldwide, DCU aims to put cybercriminals out of business and help the global Internet community protect itself and thrive.

National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC)

Since its opening, the NCAC has aided in the establishment of more than 1,000 Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) in communities throughout the United States and in 26 countries, with another 24 countries working to develop these programs in support of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Lanzarote Convention.  These programs have revolutionized the response to child abuse, serving more than 315,000 children in 2015 alone.  The mission of the NCAC is to model, promote, and deliver excellence in child abuse response and prevention through service, education, and leadership.  To accomplish this mission, the NCAC continues to operate as a Child Advocacy Center in our community while also providing training to more than 10,000 professionals each year through our diverse, international training and technical assistance activities.

NCMEC

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) -Established in 1984, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is the leading nonprofit organization in the U.S. working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. As part of its Congressional authorization, NCMEC has created a unique public and private partnership to build a coordinated, national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children, establish a missing children hotline and serve as the national clearinghouse for information related to these issues.

NetClean

NetClean is an organization that develops technical products to stop the spread of online child abuse images.

PayPal

PayPal is a payment processor, which employs multiple sophisticated models to detect and remove accounts that are involved in the distribution of child sexual exploitation material. PayPal is also a member of the Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography and the Asia Pacific Financial Coalition Against Child Pornography.

Telstra

Telstra is one of Australia’s leading providers of mobile phones, mobile devices, home phones and broadband internet.

The Code Of Conduct For The Protection Of Children From Sexual Exploitation In Travel And Tourism (The Code)

The Code Of Conduct For The Protection Of Children From Sexual Exploitation In Travel And Tourism (The Code) engages the tourism industry (hotels, airlines, tour operators) to request their commitment in accepting their Code of Conduct. Already more than 1000 travel companies from 42 countries have signed This Code of Conduct, which seeks to protect children from travelling child sex offenders. The VGT and The Code will work together to link the travel and tourism industry and law enforcement and raise further awareness of this Code of Conduct.

Web-IQ

Web-IQ is a company based in the Netherlands that has built an Intelligence platform “VoyagerOne” analysing both the open Internet and the Darknet. This Online Intel Platform is used by Law Enforcement to build knowledge on phenomena like TCSO (Transnational Child Sex Offenses) and to detect, identify and prosecute offenders and networks of offenders that produce and distribute child abuse material. By doing so they are able to save children from being abused and as a result make Cyberspace safer and the world a better place.

World Vision

World Vision (WV) is a child-focussed humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation which is well placed to assist VGT partners and law enforcement agencies with vital information and intelligence. As part of the World Vision global partnership, WV has access to invaluable information on emerging trends and best practice in preventing and responding to child sexual exploitation. WV will work to harness the perspectives of children and communities to enhance law enforcement efforts.

ZiuZ

ZiuZ is an innovative company in the development and application of visual intelligence technology. Its hard- and software solutions contribute to the fight against child sexual abuse. ZiuZ develops and supports solutions for law enforcement agencies, and also advocates the need of public-private partnerships through collaboration with non-governmental organizations and other project partners.

 

Becoming a VGT private sector partner

By joining the VGT as a private sector partner, organisations can help reduce the threat to children online and demonstrate their commitment to community safety and crime reduction.

To become a private sector partner of the VGT, organisations must follow five principles:

  1. have a proven track record of cooperation with, and a public commitment to, law enforcement
  2. have a pro-active commitment to combating child abuse online and making the internet safer by design
  3. actively support law enforcement on crime prevention and reduction strategies, including those developed by the VGT
  4. show commitment to the development of effective educational programs that promote safety on the internet
  5. actively support and promote the work of the VGT.

Contact the VGT for more information on becoming a VGT private sector partner.

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25 November 2016

VGT Board of Management Meeting in Bern

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12 June 2016

Virtual Global Taskforce Combatting Child Exploitation Online Welcomes Magnet Forensics

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8 April 2016

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6 April 2016

The UAE Welcomes the Philippines Joining the Virtual Global Taskforce

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1 April 2016

VGT Continues its Efforts to Foster Child Protection

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30 December 2015

VGT Welcomes the Child Rescue Coalition

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20 December 2015

VGT Welcomes Web-IQ from the Netherlands

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20 December 2015

The VGT Child Sexual Exploitation Environmental Scan 2015

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18 December 2015

UAE Welcomes ICDL GCC to VGT

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12 November 2015

UAE assumes chair of Virtual Global Taskforce

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12 November 2015

VGT announces over 300 arrests from Operation Atlas

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14 July 2015

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15 April 2015

UAE to chair Virtual Global Taskforce

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10 March 2015

New VGT partner Kik Takes Steps to Combat Exploitation of Minors

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4 March 2015

International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children hosts Inaugural Gala for Child Protection Thursday, May 7

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25 February 2015

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Two teens rescued from suspected British child sex offender

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