POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 95 Since then, the international momentum of CETS has increased tremendously. Law enforcement officials in Indonesia, Italy, and Brazil put the tool to work in 2006. And 13 other countries, among them Spain and Chile, are assessing the effectiveness of CETS and may deploy it soon. According to Gillespie, the input that law enforcement officers worldwide were able to contribute during development is responsible in part for the widespread acceptance of CETS. Using the technology tools Microsoft has provided, police officers charged with fighting child abuse have been able to agree widely on how to structure the CETS database and develop the way information can be shared between jurisdictions. That's helped tremendously with "buy-in" from law enforcement. "Officers from around the world have been able to claim ownership of the solution," said Gillespie. "They were challenged to discuss what their own systems could and could not do, and the result was that CETS was built by investigators, for investigators." Gillespie added that the success of CETS in Canada and the United Kingdom has given law enforcement officers confidence that it is an effective weapon in the fight against pornography. However, vigilance is still needed. The abuse and exploitation of children on the Internet continues to generate shocking statistics worldwide. According to data gathered by the nongovernmental organization Anesvad, more than four million Internet sites contain sexual material involving children worldwide, and 500 new sites are created each day. It is estimated that more than half of those sites—around 2.4 million—are fee-based services that generate worldwide revenue of some $1.3 (U.S.D.) billion per month. Microsoft continues its role with the development and deployment of CETS. When representatives of a country express interest in adopting CETS, Microsoft helps law enforcement officials assess how it might work within the country. Among other things, this task involves determining which police agencies will be covered by CETS, how database searches should be designed, and what sort of computing resources are needed. Microsoft also covers a portion of the cost of the initial CETS assessment, with the balance being paid by the hosting government or non-governmental organizations. If a country decides to adopt CETS, Microsoft supplies the software, documentation, and training to make it a useful tool. As of late 2006, Microsoft had contributed more than $7 million (U.S.D.) to the deployment of CETS. It also continues to support the development of the CETS tool itself, and in June 2007 it will release CETS 2.0 (the current version is 1.3). Microsoft Canada played a key role in developing the first version of CETS for Gillespie and the Toronto Police Service, and it still takes much of the technical lead in improving CETS. CETS helps energize public officials To Gillespie, the broad adoption of CETS is a result of the way it helps solve a problem that is global, both in its scope and in the way combating child abuse strikes a common chord. "When talking children and child abuse, it's something everyone can relate to," he said. "It really brings out the energy of everyone involved in the CETS initiative." "CETS has grown beyond my wildest dreams," Gillespie added. "It has realized its potential in that children have been rescued and offenders put in jail. That's very gratifying." http://www.microsoft.com (...cont’d) Report it … Don’t Support It!