Google Pledges $5M To Fight Online Child Exploitation

Posted: June 17, 2013 in Google, GT

The Internet has plenty of dark corners, but one of the
darkest is surely the growing number of sites that
traffic in child pornography. Google, which has no
interest in surfacing any of these sites and images,
has long worked with numerous nonprofit
organizations and law enforcement agencies to help protect children online and keep these sites out of its
index. The company has, however, recently been
criticized by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and
others for not doing enough to fight child pornography
online. Today, Google pledged $5 million to the fight. It will
distribute this money to a number of organizations in
the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Latin
America. Among the organizations that will receive
these funds are groups like the U.S. National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the U.K.’s Internet Watch Foundation. Google has also
set up a $2 million Child Protection Technology Fund
to “encourage the development of ever more effective
tools.” Since 2008, Google has been tagging the child abuse
images it detected in its index and those that were
reported to organisations like the NCMEC to ensure
that it could also identify any copy of these files. In today’s announcement, Google revealed that it has
recently started to add this information to a cross-
industry database that it shares with law enforcement
agencies and charities. This, Google believes, will
allow these organizations to “better collaborate on
detecting and removing these images.” Later this week, representatives from Google, Yahoo,
Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook and a number of
telecom firms will also meet with the U.K. Culture
Secretary to discuss this issue. It’s worth noting that Google is obviously not the only
search company that is working to combat child
pornography online. Microsoft has a similar initiative,
and the company also tags images of child abuse it
finds using its PhotoDNA technology. Facebook
started licensing PhotoDNA from Microsoft in 2011. The company has also been working with a number of
law enforcement agencies to develop the Child
Exploitation Tracking System.

  1. TextaDay says:

    Reblogged this on TextaDay and commented:
    Great start and technology companies should continue to pursue raising funds and keeping the kids safe. Through the power of the internet a lot of this could be stopped before its too late.

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