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June 26, 2021

Pride 2021: Defending the most vulnerable communities

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced"- James Baldwin At Thorn, we seek to shine a light in the darkest corners of the internet. We face atrocities every day in…
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June 18, 2021

Building a world where every child can simply be a kid: Reflections on Juneteenth

Last June, the Thorn team gathered on a video call to reflect. Our CEO had made the space, invited the entire company, and we all showed up. We are a team accustomed to facing difficult topics, but that only meant…
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May 24, 2021

Thorn’s Automated Tool to Remove Child Abuse Content at Scale Expands to More Platforms through AWS Marketplace

Any content-hosting platform in AWS Marketplace can access Safer to proactively identify, remove, and report child sexual abuse material online  Safer is one of the first holistic tools of its kind available in AWS Marketplace LOS ANGELES — Today, Thorn…
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April 28, 2021

Flickr is Safer: How we’re building an online community that is safe for all

Guest post by Holly Lawrence, Trust and Safety Manager at Flickr and SmugMug When someone asks me about my job or what exactly it is that I do, the first thing that comes out of my mouth is “Ummmmm” while…
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April 14, 2021

Searching for a child in a private world: Thorn VP of External Affairs speaks at TEDxWarwick

“Private spaces are not always inherently good for children,” was something a friend of mine said to me a few years back.  I had no idea at the time just how prescient this statement was. Today we acknowledge online privacy is…
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April 14, 2021

Two years after TED, we stand at a critical moment in the fight to eliminate CSAM

Two years ago, I stepped onto the TED stage to deliver a message about what my team at Thorn was working on:  “We're building the technology to connect these dots, to arm everyone on the front lines — law enforcement,…
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December 28, 2020

20 things from 2020 we’re grateful for

2020 has been a year unlike any other—and chances are, unlike any year we’ll see for some time to come (fingers crossed). I’m not going to list all the things 2020 is already known for—you’ve heard plenty about those already.…
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November 30, 2020

How to support Thorn for the 2020 holiday season

When we talk about a world where every child can be safe, curious, and happy, that world includes time with their families, playing games, and eating good food. As we approach the end of a trying and revealing year, we're…
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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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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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