Google’s initiative against Child Pornography

Bowing down to mounting pressure, Google is planning to build a collective database of abusive imagery to eradicate child pornography from the web. Some charities and law enforcement agencies are expected to endorse this initiative.

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Google’s New Initiative against Child Pornography

As revealed to The Telegraph, Google engineers are working on a technology that aims to build a global database of images portraying child exploitation for sharing it with other tech companies and law enforcement agencies in order to scrap them from the Internet.

The internet giant is reportedly setting up a £1.27 million ($2 million) fund for independent software developers to produce new tools to combat child pornography.

Scott Rubin, Google’s spokesman, said:

“We are creating an industry-wide global database of ‘hashed’ images to help all technology companies find these images, wherever they might be. They will then be blocked and reported.”

Prime Minister David Cameron expressed he was “sickened” by the proliferation of child pornography online and said that firms should use their “extraordinary technical abilities” to censor the images.

The new database is expected to be functional only by next year. If completed on time, the database will allow child porn images, already “flagged” by child protection organisations such as the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to be wiped from the web completely. Meanwhile, Google continues to block such content via its own pattern-recognition technology.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in technology and has an immense interest in following Microsoft and other technology developments around the world. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.

2 Comments

  1. Dan

    Finally, a PRISM-like use of monitoring powers that actually could HELP people! Malware and true pirate sites often are deactivated once found, why not artful lawbreakers?

    I sometimes participate in testing browsers and AV/HIPS/virtualization for efficacy “in the wild”; earlier this year I found plain-as-can be images of calendar pages blocked by several browsers for containing malicious codes, while other browsers needed good AV to block; another genre legendary for malware are “adult” sites.

    In a miasma of sites I tested browsers on, regardless of one’s opinion of taste at least many sites didn’t get blocked nor did they appear to need to be re malware; but when you find one that DOES, often it has a link to another site with another link then another ad infinitum; relative to Google’s new initiative, such sites further allege all “actors/models” are at least 18 yrs old…but mixed in can be random images by sight causing one to doubt this is so, and such sites aren’t very forward about who keeps what age proofs, where. Imagine the typical consumer who intends to view ADULTS at adult sites (where this is legal) but might get Echelon/PRISM-busted for the news they’ve been looking at “child pornography”! Also, via taking down known and such possibly artfully law-dodging sites, Google would be reducing the marketplace for parasites to profit.

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