David Cameron has announced the creation of a specialist unit that will target users who view child abuse images online.
The National Crime Agency and GCHQ will head the task force, whose objective it is to expose those who use “dark web” Internet networks to exploit children.
The dark web refers to thousands of websites that are oftentimes only accessible via anonymizing services such as Tor and I2P that obfuscate people’s IP addresses. For that reason, many view the dark web as an “ungoverned” part of the “deep web,” which accounts for 90 percent of Internet traffic.
Governments have limited ability to exercise control over the dark web, or any part of the web for that matter. The UK government is therefore looking to tech companies, including Microsoft and Google, to step in and help.
Among other things, it is expected that Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and Google will use an upcoming summit to announce technology that will allow them to permanently delete child abuse images they find on their sites.