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October 28, 2016

Cloudera Cares + Thorn = Social Impact at Grace Hopper 2016

Our team joined Cloudera Cares to host a hackathon at the recent Grace Hopper Open Source Day. Women attending the conference were invited to take part in a day long hackathon to benefit a social impact project. The event served a number…
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October 25, 2016

Spotlight Helps Law Enforcement Identify Victims of Sex Trafficking Faster

The genesis of Spotlight started after we conducted a sex trafficking Survivor Survey in 2012, seeking to learn directly from victims how technology was used throughout their trafficking situation.  We found that sixty-three percent of underage sex trafficking victims reported…
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Technology For Good
October 11, 2016

My First 30 Days as a Software Engineer at Thorn

Chase Ricketts is our newest software engineer in the Thorn Innovation Lab. From the first time I saw Thorn’s website I knew that their organization was atypical. Their pointed mission and data-driven projects demonstrated their effectiveness as digital defenders of children.…
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July 27, 2016

Hacking at Microsoft //oneweek to ID Exploited Children

Oftentimes when a child is in trouble, one of the only clues we have is his or her face.  We can have a picture of a missing child and be looking for them, or we can have a picture of…
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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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May 17, 2016

Hackathon Creates Tech Solutions for Child Safety

Greg Clark is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft and participated in the recent Child Safety Hackathon at Facebook. As someone who has spent his entire career thus far working in technology, I’ve always looked for opportunities to use my…
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May 12, 2016

Child Safety Hackathon Brings Silicon Valley Together

Last week, we joined Facebook as they hosted the first cross-industry Child Safety Hackathon. The event brought together leaders across the tech industry to hack on creating cutting edge solutions that will help find victims faster, deter predatory behavior and make…
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April 25, 2016

Microsoft’s PhotoDNA: Leading the Fight Against Child Sexual Abuse Imagery

Courtney Gregoire works as a senior attorney in Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, where she fights technology-facilitated crime against vulnerable populations including children and the elderly. Her blog post is part of Thorn’s hashing series, which highlights the benefits of hashing…
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April 18, 2016

Eliminating Child Sexual Abuse Material: The Role and Impact of Hash Values

John Shehan is the Vice President of the Exploited Child Division at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He also serves as Vice President to INHOPE, a network of international hotlines combatting child sexual abuse online, and as…
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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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