IWF Watch


  Just a sideline in adult porn censorship...

IWF reports on minimal action against adult obscene websites in the UK

Link Here 7th September 2017
iwf annual report 2016 The IWF 2016 Annual Report was published on 3 April 2017 and commendably is mostly primarily concerned with the removal and blocking of child abuse material. However the organisation also has a remit to censor adult porn .

The IWF report contains just a short section on this topic:

In 2016, 4,031 reports of alleged criminally obscene adult content were made to us. Almost all were not hosted in the UK, so they weren’t in our remit.

1 URL depicted criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK received from a public source.


  Coming of age...

IWF celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Link Here 23rd October 2016
20th anniversary internet watch foundation logoThe Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) marked its 20th Anniversary on 21st October 2016.

At 11.21am on 21 October, 1996 the very first report was made to the newly-formed IWF. It came in by telephone, to a small room in a Victorian town house in Oakington, a village just outside Cambridge.

20 years later:

  • 699,403 reports have been assessed by the IWF's analysts, with,
  • 281,781* of those showing the sexual abuse of children. One report might show one, or thousands of images or videos of sexual abuse

Commendably the IWF has kept its child porn remit and generally steered clear from the censorship of adult porn.


  Cleaning up on the Queen's honours list...

IWF Chief Executive is awarded on OBE

Link Here 15th June 2016

obeSusie Hargreaves is Chief Executive of the IWF, the Cambridge based organisation that works internationally to help remove online child sexual abuse imagery. She has been awarded her OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her work in the field of online child protection.

On hearing of her award, Susie said:

This is a great honour not only for me, but the whole IWF team. It is because of the dedicated work done by our team of analysts, that we've been able to make such a significant global impact in the battle to against online child sexual abuse images and videos. So I have them to thank for this recognition and I am extremely proud of the success of IWF and the work of our whole team.