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News
November 19, 2020

Encryption trend threatens child safety gains

Today, Google announced plans to begin rolling out encryption for Android Messages. As experts working at the intersection of technology and child protection, we understand the real-world impact of this decision will be a step backwards in child safety. The…
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Thorn Team
November 12, 2020

Thorn turns 8: Some of our proudest, and favorite, moments so far

8 years ago, Thorn was a vision with a mission statement: Thorn drives technology innovation to fight the sexual exploitation of children.  It wasn’t always clear what exactly Thorn would become. That’s what happens when you’re shocked and humbled by…
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Child Sex TraffickingChild Sexual Abuse Material
October 6, 2020

Decoding the language of child sexual exploitation: Acronyms to know

There’s no question that talking about this issue is extremely difficult. But to make progress it’s a conversation we must have more often. Bringing it into the light and talking about the facts is a powerful way to advocate for…
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Child Sex Trafficking
September 29, 2020

Know What You Share (live updates)

When we came to work on this issue, we made a choice that we would be willing to have difficult conversations and make hard choices. We knew how difficult this topic would be. But if you're like millions of people…
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Child Sex Trafficking
September 17, 2020

5 facts about child sex trafficking that will help you make a difference

At Thorn, we knew from the beginning that our work would require having difficult conversations and making hard choices. When you’re dealing with child sexual exploitation, there is no easy language to use, nor any off-the-shelf solutions. Recently the issue…
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Child Sexual Abuse MaterialThorn Tech
August 13, 2020

How Safer’s detection technology stops the spread of CSAM

Did you miss the big news?  Last month we announced that Safer, Thorn’s first commercial product, is officially out of beta. Safer is the first comprehensive solution for companies hosting user-generated content to identify, remove, and report child sexual abuse…
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Technology For Good
July 21, 2020

The road to Safer: Equipping industry to end CSAM

From TED to Today “Determined and nervous. In equal parts.” This is how Thorn CEO Julie Cordua describes feeling as she stood in the wings of the TED stage on April 16 of last year. Thorn was being acknowledged as…
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Child Sexual Abuse Material
July 1, 2020

What to do when you find CSAM or evidence of child sex trafficking online

In the year 2000, just about half of all American adults were online. Today, nine-in-ten adults use the internet in the United States, according to Pew Research Center. And in 2020, Americans, along with the rest of the world, are…
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Child Sexual Abuse MaterialParentingPrevention
June 15, 2020

Online grooming: What it is, how it happens, and how to defend children

Finding something in common. Telling personal stories. Sharing something just a little bit vulnerable and creating a bond. We all do this to build trust. That’s a good thing, right? But what if someone takes that trust to a place…
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