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Child Sexual Abuse Material

Child Sexual Abuse Material
April 17, 2019

A Bold Goal: Eliminating Child Sexual Abuse from the Internet

Julie Cordua, CEO of Thorn, on setting big goals, TED and The Audacious Project — At Thorn, our vision has always been clear, but the path has not. At every step, we have learned and encountered new challenges that have…
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Child Sex TraffickingChild Sexual Abuse Material
June 22, 2017

Fight Child Sexual Exploitation Today: Be an Advocate

Here at Thorn, one part of our work is equipping law enforcement with the technology they need to help identify children exploited through sex trafficking or child sexual abuse imagery faster. This work would not be possible without the policies…
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Philip Holzenspies
Child Sexual Abuse MaterialTechnology For Good
May 23, 2016

Child Safety Solutions: Hackathon Elevates Image Hashing

Philip Hölzenspies is a Software Engineer at Facebook. He also works to maintain the platform’s PhotoDNA infrastructure, which helps accelerate the identification, removal and reporting of child abuse imagery. In the (online) Child Safety space, tech companies get to forget…
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hashing
Child Sexual Abuse MaterialPartnersTechnology For Good
April 12, 2016

Introduction to Hashing: A Powerful Tool to Detect Child Sex Abuse Imagery Online

Last month, Thorn Digital Defender Del Harvey wrote about Twitter’s use of PhotoDNA, a technology developed by Microsoft that computes hash values of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The tool applies a unique fingerprint to identify an individual photo to…
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Child Sexual Abuse MaterialDeterrence
October 20, 2015

Stop It Now Campaign Works to Deter Child Abuse Imagery

Worldwide, individuals use the Internet to find child sexual abuse material and connect with others who share their sexual interest in children. This behavior occurs under an assumed level of anonymity, and although some may recognize that this behavior is…
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Child Sexual Abuse Material
July 29, 2015

Microsoft Expands PhotoDNA to Fight Child Abuse Imagery

Advances in connectivity, data storage, file sharing and smartphone technology have contributed to an explosive increase in child sexual abuse imagery, making it easier for those who share abusive content to connect and form communities. Traditionally, identification and classification of child sexual…
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Child Sexual Abuse Material
June 5, 2015

Global Collaboration to Combat Child Abuse Imagery Online

Earlier this year, Thorn was asked to join the Advisory Board of INHOPE - The International Association of Internet Hotlines, which works with industry and law enforcement partners to ensure that child abuse imagery on the Internet is taken down…
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Child Sex TraffickingChild Sexual Abuse Material
April 28, 2015

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

As Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to a close, we want to call attention to the long-lasting effects of abuse. Fighting child sexual exploitation and trafficking, we are aware that child abuse and neglect are often precursors to a life…
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Child Sexual Abuse Material
March 13, 2015

Thorn Alert Update: ICE arrests wanted child predator

A big win for digital defenders this week! William Akers, 46, a suspected child predator profiled in our most recent Thorn Alert, is in federal custody facing child pornography charges. After an incredible response from the public and dozens of…
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