Child Pornography, Online Child Abuse

‘New tool developed to tackle online child grooming’… FINALLY! (Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter… I’ve never heard of Snap?)

“I asked an eight girl, whom I met online, how she thought she should kept safe from online predators.” 😀
Seriously though, I asked one my best friends daughters what her ideas where, in regards to ‘being safe’ whilst on the internet (I talk to kids about this stuff), and she said… “IT SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS!” (Wow! She should be Home Secretary!)
When asked to elaborate, her ideas where a police officer or ‘someone qualified’ should come into class once a year, or even once a term, from the ages of five/six, and talk to them about ‘bad people’ on the internet, ‘bad videos’ on the internet, and anything that makes them scared or uncomfortable whilst online… and what to do and who to speak to in such situations.

Like I said, should be Home Secretary.

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New tool developed to tackle online child grooming

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has hailed a new anti-grooming tool as an important weapon in the fight against online child sexual exploitation.

Engineers from some of the world’s biggest tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Snap and Twitter, worked for 2 days at a hackathon in the United States co-hosted by the Home Secretary and Microsoft, which tasked industry experts to come up with tools to identify online child grooming.

A prototype tool has been developed that can be used to automatically flag potential conversations taking place between child groomers and children.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“We all have a responsibility to tackle online child sexual exploitation and the new tool developed during the hackathon is a positive step forward.”

“Once complete, it will be rolled out for free to other tech companies that want to deploy it.”

“This is just one thing we can do together to combat this appalling crime.”

Hackathon participants analysed tens of thousands of conversations to understand patterns used by predators. This enabled engineers to develop technology to automatically and accurately detect these patterns.

Potential conversations between a groomer and their victim will be flagged so a moderator can investigate further.

Further work will take place on the prototype. Once completed it will be licensed free of charge to smaller and medium-sized technology companies worldwide.

During his trip to the United States the Home Secretary met major tech firms so he can be updated on their efforts to tackle the crime. He used the meetings to explore how companies could make greater use of technology to proactively find and remove abusive content from their sites.

He noted that, while some progress had been made, companies still had to go further and work faster to tackle online child sexual exploitation (CSE). The Home Secretary was thanked for his leadership and commitment to the issue of CSE.

Online child sexual abuse will be the focus of the next Five Country Ministerial meeting in London in summer 2019, bringing together interior ministers and attorneys general from the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. (‘THE FIVE EYES!’)

Last week the government announced a package of measures to tackle online CSE. This included:

– commissioning the Internet Watch Foundation to investigate how advertising is funding CSE activity

– a taskforce, chaired by the Home Secretary, bringing together representatives from ad agencies, trade bodies and brands to ensure criminals don’t have access to this funding stream

– a £250,000 innovation call for organisations to bid for funding to assist them in developing innovative solutions to disrupt live streaming of abuse

– new tools to improve the capabilities of the Child Abuse Image Database (CAID) – the database used by the NCA and UK police forces to search for indecent images of children and increase the ability to identify victims

Home Secretary welcomes new anti-grooming tool

Sajid Javid co-hosted a ‘hackathon’ event in the US last week.

Experts have devised an anti-grooming tool in a boost for Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s drive to combat online child abuse.

Engineers from some of the world’s biggest tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Snap and Twitter, worked for two days at a “hackathon” in the US last week.
Participants at the event, co-hosted by Microsoft and the Home Secretary, analysed tens of thousands of conversations to understand patterns used by predators.

The exercise yielded a prototype tool that can be used to automatically flag potential conversations taking place between groomers and children.

Once these exchanges are flagged, they can be investigated by a moderator.

Further work will take place on the prototype. Once completed it will be licensed free of charge to smaller and medium-sized technology companies worldwide.

Mr Javid said: “We all have a responsibility to tackle online child sexual exploitation and the new tool developed during the hackathon is a positive step forward.

“Once complete, it will be rolled out for free to other tech companies that want to deploy it.

“This is just one thing we can do together to combat this appalling crime.”

The Home Secretary held talks with major tech firms about their efforts to tackle child sexual exploitation and remove abusive content from their sites.

Earlier this year he described his shock at discovering the scale of the danger posed by paedophiles on the internet.

In a speech in September he disclosed that the National Crime Agency estimated that around 80,000 people in the UK presented some kind of sexual threat to children online.
Referrals of child abuse images to the NCA have surged by 700% in the last five years, while separate figures suggest police in England and Wales record an average 25 child sexual offences involving the internet every day.

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