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Google to Clean Internet of Child Porn Images

Google is looking to eradicate images of child sexual abuse from the Web and go after the abusers and pedophiles who post the offending pictures.

The company is working on a huge database of pornographic photos tagged with unique fingerprints to help law enforcement, private companies and charitable organizations isolate the photos more rapidly and identify their uploaders and online distributers. This could help locate missing children as well.

“We’re in the business of making information widely available, but there’s certain ‘information’ that should never be created or found,” Google Giving  director Jacquelline Fuller wrote in a blogpost. “We can do a lot to ensure it’s not available online – and that when people try to share this disgusting content they are caught and prosecuted,” she added.

The company set up a $2m fund, called Child Protection Technology, to reward developers who come up with proficient software tools to help better classify child abuse images. Since 2008, Google is “hashing” known child abuse photos to identify, locate and block any duplicate photos as they appear on the Internet.

The company’s work against child pornography started in 2006 when it joined the Technology Coalition to co-operate with various companies and create technology, software and hardware to help the global fight against child abuse images.

Google is not alone in this endeavor. The company collaborates with police departments, technology companies and charitable organizations all across the globe, from US, Canada to Europe, Australia and Latin America.

“Behind these images are real, vulnerable kids who are sexually victimized and victimized further through the distribution of their images,” Fuller added. “It is critical that we take action as a community — as concerned parents, guardians, teachers and companies — to help combat this problem.”

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Comments (2)

  • Vlad Carlsson

    Finally someone is taking a step into putting an end to this! Hopefully, someday I could be able to let my children stay on the internet without worrying about pornographic content or pedophiles. Many thanks to Google and other organizations involved in this.

    P.S.: Thanks for the article Ms. Botezatu :)

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  • Regina Saunders

    why has it taken till 2013 for this to start happening? Isn’t there some sort of underground internet thingy, with its own currency that bypasses the known internet completely? So…. by doing this now, when the bastards don’t have to depend on ‘normal’ internet & web providers and search engines… well, it’s a bit slow. They don’t need you Google – not the big guns anyway. But thanks for the afterthought, it’s about time.

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