11 episodes

The screen goes dark for a second. The room is in shadow. Somewhere, a child is crying. From the glittering headquarters of global tech giants to the darkest corners of online chatrooms, the Internet Watch Foundation takes you down the rabbit hole, lifting the lid on the global scandal of countless child sexual abuse images and videos being shared on the open web every day. The investigation begins here. Join us as we meet the victims, the police, the charities, the experts, and even the criminals at the frontline of this global battle raging behind the screen. The battle to keep children safe and protect them from the very worst abuse at the hands of some of the most depraved criminals. Each week, Pixels from a Crime Scene delves deeper into this clandestine world, shining a spotlight on what really goes on online and why images and videos showing the sexual abuse of children are still spreading across the open web.

Pixels from a Crime Scene Internet Watch Foundation

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    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

The screen goes dark for a second. The room is in shadow. Somewhere, a child is crying. From the glittering headquarters of global tech giants to the darkest corners of online chatrooms, the Internet Watch Foundation takes you down the rabbit hole, lifting the lid on the global scandal of countless child sexual abuse images and videos being shared on the open web every day. The investigation begins here. Join us as we meet the victims, the police, the charities, the experts, and even the criminals at the frontline of this global battle raging behind the screen. The battle to keep children safe and protect them from the very worst abuse at the hands of some of the most depraved criminals. Each week, Pixels from a Crime Scene delves deeper into this clandestine world, shining a spotlight on what really goes on online and why images and videos showing the sexual abuse of children are still spreading across the open web.

    It can happen in any home (Bonus Episode 7)

    It can happen in any home (Bonus Episode 7)

    Parents think their children are safe. At home, in their own bedrooms, with loving families around them, how could they possibly fall victim to sexual predators? 
    But there is an open door into children’s lives. Criminals are reaching out and ensnaring their victims with nothing more than an internet connection. It can happen in any home.  
    This new bonus episode of the Pixels from a Crime Scene podcast from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) throws a spotlight on the growing threat of “self-generated child sexual abuse material” where children have been groomed and coerced by adult perpetrators into performing sexually over webcams. This bonus episode takes a look at the phenomenon with interviews from police and investigators, experts, victims, and the analysts trying to get this material off the internet.

    Police experts talk candidly about the investigation into King’s Lynn roofer David Wilson who was, last year, jailed after posing as teenage girls online to extort sexual images of victims and their friends and siblings.

    The episode also delves into the motivations and psychology of perpetrators, as well as from a survivor of abuse who talks about the impact of this kind of coercion on victims.

    The fight to get child sexual abuse material removed from the internet is a global one, and the podcast also looks at some of the technological breakthroughs which are helping in the fight to keep the internet safe.

    If you haven't listened to the first six episodes of Pixels from a Crime Scene we strongly recommend starting at episode one.   

    Find out more and donate at iwf.org.uk/donate 
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    • 34 min
    Trailer: In Conversation With. A new IWF Podcast.

    Trailer: In Conversation With. A new IWF Podcast.

    A series of short podcasts, or shortcasts, from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) about our leading work tackling online child sexual abuse.  In our first episode, Encryption Vs. Privacy, we speak exclusively to Professor Hany Farid, image analysis expert at the University of California, Berkeley, who says privacy does not have to come at the expense of child protection.

    Listen at iwf.org.uk/inconversation or search 'IWF In Conversation With' on your podcast platform of choice. 
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    It's not too big a problem to solve (Episode 6)

    It's not too big a problem to solve (Episode 6)

    You shut down the laptop and watch the screen go black. What we’ve learned together has been shocking. 
    But the criminals haven’t won. Far from it. 
    Where there are the worst crimes, there is also the strongest resolve. While we see appalling abuse, we know there is also hope.
    In this, the final episode of Pixels from a Crime Scene, we set our sights on the future. 
    A new, talented tech-savvy generation could hold the key to making the internet safe again for everyone, while an “army of digital detectives” could turn the tide against those who would exploit and abuse children. It is already happening.
    The Internet Watch Foundation is leading the charge to rid the internet of child sexual abuse material, and it is not alone. We know we can only do this if governments, companies, charities, law enforcement, and people all work together. 
    We know it is possible. We know we can do it.

    Find out more and donate to the IWF at iwf.org.uk 
    Support the show (https://www.iwf.org.uk/support-iwf-and-help-make-internet-a-safer-place)

    • 33 min
    The industry can't solve it alone (Episode 5)

    The industry can't solve it alone (Episode 5)

    Behind the screen, a battle is raging. You can’t see it. You may not even know it’s taking place. That’s the point.
    The Internet Watch Foundation works hard to make sure you never see some of the worst images of children being sexually abused. Every day, they see these videos, and they fight to get them taken down, and they work with governments, businesses, and law enforcement all around the world to make sure criminals have no place to hide.
    But could things be about to get worse?
    In this episode of Pixels from a Crime Scene, we explore what tech companies are doing in the global battle against child sexual abuse material, and how new online encryption could expose millions more to some of the worst material on the internet.

    Find out more and donate to the IWF at iwf.org.uk 
    Support the show (https://www.iwf.org.uk/support-iwf-and-help-make-internet-a-safer-place)

    • 34 min
    It's not all on the dark web (Episode 4)

    It's not all on the dark web (Episode 4)

    So, you think videos and pictures of children being sexually abused and raped only exist on the dark web? Think again. 
    The epidemic of criminal content is out there on the open internet. It’s being shared in apps we all use and can be found on sites where we all think everyone is safe.
    In this episode of Pixels from a Crime Scene, we hop on plane. From the Netherlands to the USA we follow the digital thread and see how sometimes the worst crimes are being perpetrated out in the open, sometimes in plain sight.

    We speak to investigative journalist and author/host of The Missing Cryptoqueen podcast Jamie Bartlett who takes us through the good and bad elements of the dark web.

    Find out more and donate to the IWF at iwf.org.uk 

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    Support the show (https://www.iwf.org.uk/support-iwf-and-help-make-internet-a-safer-place)

    • 34 min
    If you're watching, you're an offender (Episode 3)

    If you're watching, you're an offender (Episode 3)

    The problem we are facing is staggering. Some experts warn 1% of the entire male population could have an interest in sex with prepubescent children.
    But what do you do when that problem is in your very own home? When someone you know is watching children being raped, tortured and sexually abused online? Someone you had trusted?
    In this episode of Pixels from a Crime Scene, we hear how addiction to criminal material tears families apart. We see how there is no such thing as a victimless crime where online child sexual abuse material is concerned, and how those viewing images and videos are complicit in the most horrendous abuse of innocent children.

    Find out more and donate to the IWF at iwf.org.uk  
    Support the show (https://www.iwf.org.uk/support-iwf-and-help-make-internet-a-safer-place)

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

vversey ,

Difficult to listen to but important

This podcast series is very much needed. I learnt a lot from these episodes, and was totally unaware of the scale of the problem.

The information shared in this series is difficult to listen to, and at times can be triggering, but it is very important information.

Thank you.

pk42 ,

A harrowing topic that needs to have its message heard

A very difficult topic that is delivered in a powerful and professional manner, dealing carefully and compassionately with the subject matter.

cbradburyaudio ,

Powerful subject, thoughtfully expressed.

A well thought out approach to tackling the subject of internet child abuse.
The gravity of the subject is well balanced, and gives us a fascinating insight to the hardworking team at the IWF.
Delivered to a high standard throughout. Thank you for discussing and supporting such an important issue!

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