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August 1, 2016

My First 30 Days as a Software Engineer at Thorn

Mike Ottum is our newest software engineer in the Thorn Innovation Lab. One of the first things that struck me when I began speaking with the engineering team at Thorn was the importance and clarity of their mission: using technology…
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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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Thorn 2015 Impact Report
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April 7, 2016

Announcing the Thorn 2015 Impact Report

Every day, we wake up, get to work and think about how we can get the right people in the right rooms so that we can save children from exploitation. (more…)
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March 31, 2016

Women in Tech Are Powerful Digital Defenders of Children

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016, we kicked off the month of March with a focus on the powerful, inspirational and dedicated women in tech who work with Thorn as Digital Defenders to protect children. (more…)
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