Advances in digital connectivity, combined with rising demand for illegal wildlife products, have increased the ease of exchange of wildlife from poacher to consumer across continents.
Purchasing elephant ivory, tiger teeth and other endangered wildlife products is now an easy click, pay, ship process. Given the anonymous nature of online trafficking, it is essential that technology companies take charge of detecting and disrupting this illegal trade.
We need a systematic approach to detect and take down illegal wildlife product postings on digital platforms. But with thousands of listings found online at any given time in an ever-evolving online landscape, we cannot do it alone.
This is where you come in.
Help detect and report online listings by joining the Wildlife Cyber Spotter Programme.
Selected volunteers will undergo compulsory training to identify prohibited wildlife products and report any suspicious content to WWF. WWF will review the listings and work with the participating members of the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online to remove the content from their platforms.
Sharing the data analysis of flagged listings and summary findings from the previous Cyber Spotter Rounds.
The WWF Wildlife Cyber Spotter Programme empowers people to be part of the solution to stopping illegal wildlife trade – by helping to detect and report illegal online listings. Selected individuals will undergo compulsory online training to learn how to identify prohibited wildlife products and report any suspicious content they find online to WWF. WWF will then review and send accurate listings to participating members of the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online to remove the content from their platforms.
During the cyber spotting duration of 4 weeks, each Cyber Spotter is required to commit at least 3 hours per week to cyber-spot and flag a minimum number of listings per week.
Indicate your interest to take part in the programme and let’s work together to combat illegal wildlife trade!