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Child Sexual Abuse MaterialNewsPartners
March 18, 2022

New Report Shows an Increased Effort by Tech Companies to Detect CSAM on the Internet

If you’re following Thorn’s work, you know the critical role that tech companies play in identifying and reporting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on their platforms. Today, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) released its annual overview…
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Child Sexual Abuse Material
January 27, 2022

How the European Union can lead in combating the spread of CSAM

54% of children across the world have experienced at least one harmful sexual encounter online. That’s one of the many startling statistics from WeProtect’s most recent Global Threat Assessment report, coming from a survey of 5,000 respondents now aged 18-20.…
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Technology For Good
January 6, 2022

Thorn CEO Julie Cordua: My vision for 2022

“​​A world where every child can simply be a kid—where they can live connected lives without being sexually exploited or revictimized.” This is a key message from what I call Thorn’s guiding star: the vision by which we navigate this…
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Research
November 12, 2021

Thorn research: Trends confirm need for parents to talk about online safety with kids earlier, more often

At Thorn, we believe digital spaces should and can be safe for every child.  But we have arrived at a moment when the speed and scale of digital platform adoption has left many parents feeling disconnected with how their kids…
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Thorn Team
November 11, 2021

Thorn turns 9: Celebrating our top 9 moments from 2021

On this day 9 years ago, Thorn was born. It was comprised of a handful of people just beginning to understand the role of technology in child sexual abuse. Today, we’re a team of nearly 100 people, working across the…
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Parenting
October 27, 2021

Talking with kids about online safety: Q&A with child and family therapist Amelia Aburn

Kids today face a very different set of challenges than most adults did growing up. Navigating growing up online, where normal sexual development and technology collide, isn’t something that needed to be included In conversations between parents and kids in…
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Research
October 22, 2021

WeProtect’s new report confirms the need for a holistic, global response to child sexual abuse online

When I started working on this issue nearly 10 years ago, it quickly became clear that to effectively respond to the threat of online child sexual abuse at the speed and scale it would require, we needed much, much more…
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Child Sexual Abuse MaterialNews
September 3, 2021

Thorn statement on Apple’s pause of implementing child safety measures

We’re disappointed in Apple’s decision to pause its work to implement child safety features without providing a new roadmap or timeline for implementation. Our expectation of Apple is that they publish a detailed timeline and clear deliverables to demonstrate how…
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NewsTechnology For Good
August 5, 2021

Apple’s expanded child protections and the future of digital child protection

Today we commend Apple as a global technology leader in taking a critical first step in announcing their commitment to identify and report CSAM within encrypted environments— and detailing the technology they'll use to do so.
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Thorn Team
July 2, 2021

Become a Thorn Builder and help us build the world we all believe in

At Thorn, we believe in a world where every child can be safe, curious, and happy. For us, that means building digital tools and programs to defend children from sexual abuse online. We work every day to shine a light…
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