• 15 June 2009
    Dhiraagu joins GSM Association Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content and signs MOU with Ministry of Health and Family
    In line with this year's World Telecoms Day theme of "Protecting children in cyberspace", the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Communication is running a campaign to make the Internet a safer place for children.

    In support of this, Dhiraagu has taken an important step by joining the GSMA Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content, and have today signed an MOU with the Ministry of Health and Family, who will work in partnership with Police, CAM and other relevant authorities to facilitate Dhiraagu in the implementation of the objectives of the Alliance.

    Already a member of the GSM Association (GSMA), the global association for the mobile industry, and now part of the GSMA Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content, Dhiraagu will be relying on a comprehensive block list provided by the Internet Watch Foundation.

    The Foundation is a UK self-regulatory organization which works to minimize the online availability of child sexual abuse content in partnership with the internet industry, government and law enforcement agencies and is part of an international network of Hotlines. It helps service providers to combat abuse of their networks and provides a block list of child sexual abuse content web pages to help protect users from this content.

    "I am very pleased to welcome Dhiraagu as the latest member of the GSMA's Mobile Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Content," said Rob Conway, CEO and Member of the Board of the GSMA.

    "Together we call on more operators to join the Alliance and show their commitment by taking action to combat online images of child sexual abuse."

    The purpose of the MOU signed between Dhiraagu and the Ministry of Health and Family, is to facilitate public to report online child sexual abuse content and the blocking of access to such content through mobile telephones in collaboration with other concerned government authorities including Police, and the regulatory authority CAM (Communication Authority of Maldives).

    At the MOU signing today, Dhiraagu's Chief Executive Ismail Rasheed said that: "This is an important initiative Dhiraagu has taken today as part of our corporate social responsibility; to make Internet a safe place for the Children. We are very proud to have been the first operator to join this alliance from the Maldives and to be included in a list of the world's leading mobile operators who have joined this alliance. We appreciate the support received from the government agencies to Dhiraagu in facilitating the implementation of the objectives of the Alliance, to protect the most vulnerable members of our communities."

    Dhiraagu is the only mobile operator in the Maldives to implement this service along with other leading mobile telephone operators in the world.

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