The Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund
End Violence and the Technology Coalition are launching the Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund to expand knowledge of online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) and explore the most effective measures to prevent it.
Through this collaboration, End Violence is teaming up with the biggest players in the technology space as part of Technology Coalition’s Project Protect. Project Protect seeks to prevent and eradicate online CSEA through technology innovation, collective action, research, knowledge sharing, and increased accountability. This fund is an essential part of that process, supporting actionable research that will lead to real, lasting change for children’s digital safety.
As the lead research arm of the project, End Violence will support the Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund while building on four years of work in the Safe Online space. Since our inception in 2016, End Violence has invested $44 million in 52 projects focused on preventing and eliminating online CSEA, reaching nearly 70 countries across the world.
The RfP for this fund will be released in January 2021.
The Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund will advance the world’s understanding of online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA). We will fund research that produces actionable insights and can impact product and policy development to protect children from risks online.
Key outcomes include:
- Improving our understanding of online CSEA, with a focus on offender behaviour and children’s experiences
- Building an evidence-base for product and policy development so that industry and other stakeholders’ response to preventing and disrupting CSEA is based on a solid foundation of research
- Providing shared understandings so all sectors of the ecosystem working to end online CSEA (industry, education, government, civil society, law enforcement) have a stronger awareness of how their work intersects and can be made more effective at all levels
With guidance from an Advisory Group of experts, we are in the process of developing our first RfP. The RfP will focus on key research areas in the field across efficacy and impact, technology, ecosystem and policy environment.
The RfP will be released in January 2021.
The Technology Coalition and End Violence have set up an Advisory Group, which is made up of representatives from key online CSEA focused organisations, alliances and independent experts. The Advisory Group plays a central role in outlining the RfPs for selection criteria, dissemination strategies and knowledge-exchange activities to amplify the impact of the research.
Key roles of the Advisory Group include:
- Designing and determining the scope of the RfPs
- Establishing adequate, transparent scoring and assessment frameworks to evaluate funding proposals
- Supporting with RfP outreach and promotion
- Reviewing the most viable proposals and rating them through the agreed-upon framework
- Deciding on finalists and grantees of the Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund
Members of the Tech Coalition Safe Online Research Fund Advisory Board include:
The Technology Coalition
The Technology Coalition (TC) was formed in 2006 when industry leaders came together to fight online child sexual exploitation and abuse. TC believes that by working together, they can have a greater impact combating these horrific crimes than working alone.
The TC brings together companies across the technology industry. Together, TC members tackle risks to online child safety by sharing best practices, providing mentorship opportunities, and pushing coordinated efforts to improve the detection and reporting of sexual abuse imagery and other exploitative practices that put children at risk.
The TC includes:
The End Violence Partnership is a public-private partnership launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2016 to accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 16.2: ending all forms of violence against children by 2030. End Violence comprises 450+ partners, including governments, civil society organizations, UN agencies, the private sector and research institutions, and acts as a global platform for advocacy, evidence-based action, and investments to end all forms of violence against children.
Through its Safe Online work, End Violence provides funding, policy and advocacy guidance, and coalition-building to significantly advance national, regional and global efforts to prevent and respond to online CSEA. In 2020, End Violence’s Safe Online investment portfolio reached US$45 million in grants to projects achieving tangible results in nearly 70 countries.