May 03, 2005 12:01am
ASACP Launches CPHotline.org with P2P Patrol
Source: ASACP - The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection
by: Company Press Release
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) -- The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP.org) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA.info) to provide the child protection hotline (cpHotline.org) for the DCIA-sponsored P2P Patrol "Peer-to-Peer Parents and Teens React On Line" initiative (P2Ppatrol.com).
"ASACP knows that there are more distribution methods for illegal images on the Internet than just websites. We felt it was important to help other associations and industries to combat child pornography by sharing our recently developed technology platforms. This saved DCIA years of development and provided an immediate method for P2P customers to report suspect child pornography", said Joan Irvine, executive director, ASACP.
Brandon Shalton, President of Cydata Services and Marc Freedman, CEO of RazorPop collaborated on this project. "We are very pleased with the exceptional work that ASACP, Cydata Services, and RazorPop have completed on behalf of users of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing technologies," added DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty. "CPHotline.org will be a valuable tool complimenting P2P Patrol in helping consumers who inadvertently encounter undesirable material to recognize, remove, and report it."
The P2P Patrol initiative, which represents a voluntary collaboration of technology and related service companies along with government agencies and trade groups, offers programs focusing on education, deterrence, and enforcement for combating online child pornography, and operates the P2Ppatrol.com website. Irvine said, "ASACP's next project is to work with the cell phone industry to develop a solution for its users to report child pornography as this is the newest distribution method."
ASACP is already very active in the efforts to remove child pornography from the Internet. It has provided a child pornography reporting hotline since 1996 and sends over 1000 validated reports to the FBI, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and other relevant international hotlines annually.
In addition to working with the DCIA, it is offering the complimentary use of its technology platform to state Attorney General offices. The announcement was made at the P2P Patrol quarterly working session for participating law enforcement and private sector representatives held today in San Francisco. ASACP is the organization that helps the adult site industry make a difference in the battle against child pornography.
In addition to its reporting hotline, ASACP provides a self-regulatory vehicle for its members through a Code of Ethics that promotes the protection of children through responsible, professional business practices (ASACP.org/bestpractices.html). For further information visit the ASACP site (ASACP.org ) or contact Joan Irvine, Joan@ASACP.org.