What is it & how does it work?

The Netherlands has a strong digital infrastructure with a global reach. This has not escaped the attention of individuals or groups that use the internet for illegitimate activities either. Although no hoster, cloud provider or online service provider wants to be associated with it, abuse on Dutch networks is fairly common. As a result, the Netherlands has an unfavourable position in international rankings of countries where online abuse is hosted or has its origins.

The Dutch government is concerned about this. It understandably expects action from the online industry. And even though providers want to keep their systems clean, they do not always succeed. We believe that our industry should (be able to) provide clean systems and guarantee users a safe internet. That is why in 2018, as part of the Abuse 2.0 project, the Clean Networks platform was created.

"Providers that want to have insight into whether and why abuse occurs in their network can register for the Clean Networks platform"

The pillars of the Clean Networks platform

The Clean Networks platform unites two initiatives on which various industry associations and platforms, the business community, the government and various individuals have been working for years. All those involved see the fight against abuse as a joint responsibility. Parties that join the Clean Networks platform are held to this responsibility by means of a Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct on Combating Abuse is one of the two pillars of the Clean Networks platform.

The Code of Conduct on Combating Abuse is supported by the provision of information on abuse and vulnerabilities in the networks of the providers who subscribe to the Code of Conduct on cleannetworks.net. Providers can use this information as a supplement to sources that they already consult in order to identify and solve problems in their network. The information on this platform comes from various notifiers and internet abuse researchers

Join the Clean Networks platform

Providers that want to have insight into whether and why abuse occurs in their network can join the abuse platform. Extensive documentation is available to sign up and use the available feeds. Those who register and participate will be included in the Hall of Fame. Make sure to also read the page about signing up.