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Encryption and issues related to Child Protection online

"When Child sexual abuse material (CSAM), in the form of messages, are sent on WhatsApp, Telegram and other media, the real source of this information is often the web, including pornographic sites. The challenge lies in identifying the original source of the material and addressing that", a speaker said during MediaNama's workshop on identifying challenges to Encryption in India, "The problem of identifying the source of the material is very tough. You cannot control who will take a video or an image and upload it to the Darknet. The web is easier," another speaker concurred. "We have a problem at the DNS level, at the categorisation level: why can't ISPs join together and do it at a DNS level? Why can't we block these [specific] porn categories? This workshop was held with support from the Internet Society (Asia Pacific Office), and was under the Chatham House rule; the quotes have thus not been attributed. Challenges to encryption in India 1. Mandatory reporting of pornographic material involving a child: There are laws and regulations that mandate reporting of CSAM, and "compliance with the POCSO Act [Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act] is still being figured out." As per the POCSO Act: "Any person who has received any pornographic material involving a child or any information regarding such pornographic material" either being stored or likely to be transmitted/distributed, "shall report the contents to the SJPU [Special Juvenile Police Unit] or local police, or as the case may be, cyber-crime portal (cybercrime.gov.in)".…

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Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

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