Help send us to Redmond
Prostasia Foundation has been invited to attend an event titled Preventing Child Online Grooming: Working Together for Maximum Impact, organized by Microsoft, the WePROTECT Global Alliance and UK’s Home Office, taking place on 7th November 2018 in Redmond, Washington, USA. The UK approach is to shift responsibility for the actions of child sex abusers to Internet platforms, by imposing inflexible new liability rules that will harm the free and open Internet, while doing nothing to address the root causes of child sexual abuse.
Although the UK’s own Internet Watch Foundatiom has expressed skepticism about the ability for platforms (particularly smaller ones) to do much more than they are already doing, Prostasia Foundation is the only child protection organization that is echoing these sentiments and calling for an approach that places more emphasis on changing the behavior of offenders, rather than shifting sole responsibility to the Internet industry.
As this perspective is often absent from discussions that involve the Internet industry and child sexual abuse prevention, it is vital to have our participation at the event in November, to offer balanced testimony about how blunt instruments like FOSTA have made it more difficult to make nuanced content moderation decisions. Our experts fear that the similar UK regulation proposed by the Home Office would also do more harm than good.
But we don’t have a travel budget to get us to Redmond for this event. Can you help?