UK prime minister David Cameron has announced plans to take on the so-called dark side of the internet and put a stop to child abuse online.
The move is in collaboration with Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft and Twitter, which have all announced technological solutions to the problem.
Cameron made the announcement at the We Protect Children global online summit, an event in participation with 50 countries and 26 technology companies.
The UK will tackle the dark web from a central location and with backing from GCHQ and the National Crime Agency, Cameron explained.
"I want to build a better future for our children. The package I am announcing today is a watershed moment in reducing the volume of child abuse images online," said Cameron.
"It marks significant progress in delivering a truly world-leading response to a global problem.
"The so-called dark net is increasingly used by paedophiles to view sickening images. I want them to hear loud and clear: we are shining a light on the web's darkest corners. If you are thinking of offending there will be nowhere for you to hide."
The technology companies will use tools from the Internet Watch Foundation to identify and remove abusive content, in what Cameron described as going "above and beyond" what had been asked of them.
Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Yahoo will use the IWF's digital fingerprint forensic software to prevent the sharing of images.
Microsoft, Google and Mozilla are looking into means of blocking such content, or at least access to its domains, at the browser level.
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