ICANN has helped fight child porn in Russia

At an Internet Governance Forum (IGF) conference in Bali yesterday , ICANN President Fadi Shehade told a very curious story about how the company has been involved in investigating child pornography for several months.

Here is his story:

“We took part in a worldwide campaign to eliminate the large“ porn ring ”(an international group that creates and distributes child pornography).

You ask, what does ICANN have to do with this? The answer is simple. Where is baby porn located? On the sites. Where are sites hosted? One of the hosting companies, whose domain name was, we hope, was given by a registrar or reseller located on the ICANN network.
We are responsible to society for what is happening in this network.
We have the best specialists in this field in the world.
And in a few months we stopped the activity of the porn ring.

We started work in Los Angeles, then went to sources in Panama. We turned to the Panama Attorney General, and one of the members of ICANN, who spoke Spanish, collaborated with the security authorities of Panama. Together they examined the logs of the Panamanian company, and eventually went to the registries and registrars. It turned out that the roots of the criminal group are in Russia. And we began to work already with Russian law enforcement agencies.

ICANN does its work quietly and quietly, in the name of the public interest. ”

It would seem unclear why ICANN should study to study the logs of Panamanian companies and catch criminals, because for this there is a police force. Whereas ICANN’s task is to ensure the technical functioning of the domain name system, but not content control.

To this, Fadi Shehade answered:

“We have to deal a lot with issues that are not our direct responsibilities. Great pressure is exerted on us. People think that we need to solve this or that problem, because we, in their opinion, control the Internet. But we do not manage the Internet, ICANN is a technical organization that deals with the domain name system.

We do not want to expand our powers and crawl into other people's affairs, but now there are a lot of global issues related to content. And if a government decree or a court decision forces us to take part in their decision, then we cannot ignore them. ”

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