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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NewsTechnology For Good
April 30, 2020

A letter from our CEO: Julie Cordua on Thorn’s response to COVID-19

I hope all of our community members reading this are healthy and staying safe. Over the past months, as COVID-19 has spread around the world and impacted all of our lives, here at Thorn we’ve been focused on how these…
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Child Sexual Abuse MaterialParentingPrevention
April 20, 2020

Keeping your kids safe online in the age of COVID: Usable tips for parents

As a parent, I’m concerned. Not only am I worried about my family’s health in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic, but I’m figuring out how to run a school out of my dining room, learning how to work with…
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Thorn Team
April 9, 2020

How we pivoted our in-person team meeting to a virtual summit overnight

As a remote-first, fully distributed team at Thorn, we connect virtually every day with tools like Zoom and Slack. But at least twice a year we get the whole team together for in-person meetings that provide critical team bonding and…
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Thorn Team
March 27, 2020

Working Remotely: Building a strong, effective engineering team while distributed

Tips for building, managing, and maintaining engineering teams in a remote-first environment   As a result of the current health crisis sweeping the world, we are a society that has gone virtual overnight. For many companies, engineering teams that were…
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