Conference on the International Condemnation and Combat of the Grey Areas of Child Sexual Exploitation on the Internet

Date and Location

Date: Nov. 14th, 2016, 10.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Location: Tagungswerk, Lindenstraße 85, 10969 Berlin

Target Group: National and international stakeholders from the following areas: ISPs, hotlines, academia, child welfare organisations, politics, law enforcement, technical community and main countries of distribution.

Conference language: Englisch with simultaneous translation to German


Against Sexual Exploitation on Internet

Dr. Ralf Kleindiek opens the Conference „No Grey Areas on the Internet“

On Nov. 14th Dr. Ralf Kleindiek, State Secretary in the Federal Youth Ministry has opened an international conference for the combat of abuse of children on the Internet in Berlin.

At the conference organised by the „Network against Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children – No Grey Areas on the Internet“ experts and numerous international guests met at the Tagungswerk Berlin to deepen the debate on previous findings from the work of the network, to expand the network of partners and substantiate the combat of sexual exploitation of children on the Internet.

Among the speakers at the conference were representatives from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, and INHOPE (International Association of Internet Hotlines).

Pulling Together on International Level

In his opening speech Dr. Ralf Kleindiek said:

„It is important to think internationally in regard of the deletion of grey areas from the net. Since we all know that acting on national level against all forms of sexual abuse could not be of sustainable success. Therefore I am very glad that high-level representatives of the Internet industry, academia, child welfare organisations and hotlines from all over the world have come to Berlin today in order to pull together internationally.“

Fight against disturbing images of children

It is the objective of the „Network against Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children – No Grey Areas on the Internet “ to fight against images depicting children in sexual poses that violate their personal rights and are disturbing, but are not (yet) illegal or prosecuted in all countries.

Partners in the Network are the I-KiZ – German Centre for Child Protection on the Internet, jugendschutz.net, the German Association for Voluntary Self-Regulation of Digital Media service providers (FSM e.V.), the company Google and the prevention network „Kein Täter werden – Don’t offend“.

Federal Youth Minister Manuela Schwesig has taken on the patronage over the network since it started in November 2014. The Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth sustains the network with funding from the Federal Government’s Child and Youth Plan (CYP).

Photos from the Event



Download Broschure „Combat of the Grey Areas
of Child Sexual Exploitation on the Internet“
Download Typical Features of Manifestations
of Posed Depictions

Download Table of Criteria for Everyday Depictions
in a Sexualising Context

Intention of the Conference

The condemnation and combatting of depictions of child sexual exploitation on the Internet is the objective of the Network against Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children – No Grey Areas on the Internet. At an international roundtable in October 2015 more than 30 organizations have already signed the ‚Communiqué – Condemnation of all forms of child sexual exploitation and abuse – No Grey Areas on the Internet‘. The conference on November 14, 2016 will also address this topic and specifically increase the knowledge gained so far, expand the network, and further contribute to making combatting images in the Grey Area more concrete.

  • Deepening the knowledge and raising awareness of images in the Grey Area
    • Outline the dimension and scale: Increase the understanding of all manifestations, e.g. everyday images in a sexualised context, virtual images of child sexual exploitation
    • Demonstrate the effects on victims and (potential) offenders
  • Presentation of the activities and expansion of the network
    • Work of the hotlines
    • Activities of the industry partners
    • Work of the competence centre
  • Combatting images in the Grey Area
    • What relevant stakeholders can do
    • Discussion of areas and options for action with regard to the condemnation and combatting of all forms of child sexual exploitation


10.00 – 10.30 a.m.Welcome coffee; Registration
10.30 – 10.45 a.m.Welcome and Introduction by State Secretary Dr. Ralf Kleindiek, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs
Manifestations of the Grey Area of child sexual exploitation
10.45 – 11.00 a.m.Posing images - Overview on knowledge gained so far in terms of depictions of minors in sexually suggestive poses
Speaker: Andreas Link, Competence Centre at jugendschutz.net
11.00 – 11.30 a.m. Everyday images in sexualised context
• Degree of sexualisation, reinforcing factors
• Criteria grid with typical characteristics
Speaker: Andreas Link, Competence Centre at jugendschutz.net
11.30 – 11.45 a.m.Virtual child sexual abuse images
Speaker: Katarzyna Staciwa, European Cyber Crime Centre, Europol
Consumption and effects of images in the Grey Area
11.45 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.Prevention of child abuse image offenses – theory and practice
Speaker: Psychologist Laura Kuhle, Charité, Therapist and researcher at project „Kein Täter werden"
12.15 – 12.45 p.m.Consequences for the victims/survivors
Speaker: Signy Arnason, Cybertip.ca: Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection
12.45 – 1.30 p.m.Lunch break
Potential Actions
1.30 – 1.45 p.m.Raising awareness of the problem and the criminal offence
Speaker: Tom Squire, Senior Clinical Practice Manager Lucy Faithfull Foundation
1.45 - 2.00 p.m.Technical tools to combat child abuse images
Speaker: Leah Treitman, THORN, USA
Reporting and Deletion
2.00 – 2.15 p.m.German Hotlines
• Co-operation and successful work in the network No Grey Areas
• Notice-and-Takedown
Speaker: Hendrik Krohne, FSM
2.15 – 2.30 p.m.Hotlines from other countries
Speaker: Arda Gerkens, Meldpunt Netherlands, INHOPE President
Guidelines and pro-active work
2.30 – 3.00 p.m.Google’s (proactive) work in the area of exploitation of children
Speaker: Shantal Poovala, Google
3.00 – 3.15 p.m.Facebook’s approach to combat child abuse and sexual exploitation in the Grey Area
Speaker: Semjon Rens
3.15 – 3.30 p.m.Microsoft’s Approach to Protecting Children
Speaker: Becky Foreman, UK Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft (Member of the Board of Trustees, Internet Watch Foundation)
3.30 – 3.50 p.m.Coffee break
Closing panel
3.50 – 5.00 p.m.Action requirements for the condemnation and combat of all forms of child sexual exploitation
• Law enforcement BKA (tbc)
• Hotlines Martin Drechsler, FSM
• Dr. Ethel Quayle, University of Edinburgh, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology
• Marianne Pihl, Save the Children Denmark
• Lianna McDonald, Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Executive Director


Location and Directions

How to get to the location „Tagungswerk“, you will also find here (PDF).

Conference Venue:

Tagungswerk, Lindenstraße 85, 10969 Berlin

Transport Connection:

International Airports Berlin Tegel (25 minutes) and Berlin Schönefeld (35 minutes)

Berlin Central Station (10 minutes)

Arrival by Public Transport:


U6 to “Kochstraße” station

U2 to „Spittelmarkt“ station


248 or M29 to bus stop „Jüdisches Museum“

Journey by the German Rail/Deutsche Bahn

With the event-ticket from Deutsche Bahn (German Rail), participants of an event with BESONDERE ORTE Umweltforum Berlin GmbH can travel across Germany, to and from the event for a reduced price. Find more information here: https://besondere-orte.com/sites/default/files/Event%20Ticket.pdf

Hotel Booking

In case you need overnight accommodation we would like to assist you in your search for a hotel close to the venue (850 meters):

From 13 to 15 November 2016 we have blocked a limited number of rooms for self-payers at the Hotel NH Berlin, Potsdamer Platz, Stresemannstr. 47, 10963 Berlin.

Please note that the rooms need to be reserved until 24 October 2016 using the keyword “I-KiZ” and that the I-KiZ will not assume the costs.

Tel.: +49 30 2238 0233

E-Mail: reservierungen@nh-hotels.com

For all questions regarding accommodation, registration and organization please contact Elke Braun: eb@i-kiz.de.