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Net Watchdog demands global effort to close child pornography websites

UK's Internet Watch Foundation says that collaboration amongst countries could quell the scourge of online child pornography after its research found more than 2,700 English-language websites.

More than three quarters of those websites are run by criminal groups which financially profit from selling pictures of abused children online.

The IWF argues that if Internet Service Providers, governments and enforcement agencies agreed to come together and share their information, most of those websites would be closed.

The foundation believes that by making it more difficult for these organisations to collect their money or by coercing their hosting firms to ban them, the number of child abuse websites on the web would be driven down.

This tactic has already been used in UK which now accounts for only a minuscule fraction of such sites; with Russia and the United States hosting most of the culprit websites.

But it has proven hard to shutter those websites simply because like other online criminal ventures, the illegal operations just keep moving website hosting which effectively make them a moving target.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.