The U.S. Congress provided funding to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that led to the "cyber tipline" which allows citizens to report children in danger and child pornography on the Internet. Since its inception in March, 1998, the tipline has received over 8000 tips reporting child pornography alone.
The [International Child Pornography Conference] (Vienna, September 1999) had as a central theme, "Combating Child Pornography on the Internet." The conference sought to combat child pornography and exploitation on the Internet and was based on existing international obligations and committments for the protection of children, including the Conventionon the Rights of the Child. The conference built and acted upon commitments undertaken at the [Stockholm World Congress against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children] (1996) and ongoing initiatives in many countries and regions.
2. The technological world in which we live must be, ultimately, a world where concern for our fellow citizens is transcendent. And the people about whom we must care the most are our children. The technology that we have created must be used in such a way that children's lives are made better, not damaged.