The Technology Coalition hosted the second annual “Technology Track” at the 2014 Crimes Against Children Conference (CACC) on August 12 in Dallas, Texas. The CACC is an internationally-recognized event that provides practical instruction to professionals responsible for combating the many and varied forms of crimes against children. The “Technology Track” provides an opportunity for technology companies, law enforcement and others to discuss a variety of topics related to fighting online sexual exploitation of children.
In 2013 the CACC celebrated its 25th year and more than 3,000 professionals from the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, industry, and medicine attended. Consistent with its goals of eradicating online child sexual exploitation and creating platforms for private/public collaboration, the Technology Coalition sponsored the first-ever “Technology Track” at the 2013 CACC. Based on the positive feedback from the inaugural “Tech Track,” the Technology Coalition decided to offer a similar program in 2014.
Other initiatives supported by the Technology Coalition include:
Employee Resilience Guidebook: The Technology Coalition has created a set of practices and guidelines around content handling procedures and other practices that will help employees who are on the frontlines in the fight against online child sexual exploitation. Click the Technology Coalition logo to the left to download this document.
PhotoDNA: Developed by Microsoft in cooperation with Dartmouth College, PhotoDNA assists in finding images of apparent child pornography. The technology helps calculate the distinct characteristics of a digital image to match it to other copies of that same image. PhotoDNA was developed to match not only images that are exact duplicates of known offending images, but also images that have been slightly altered. Numerous companies, both inside and outside the Technology Coalition, have deployed PhotoDNA, as part of NCMEC’s PhotoDNA Initiative.
NCMEC Projects: As an ongoing part of their work, the Technology Coalition companies apply their collective experience, knowledge and expertise in helping NCMEC address online child sexual exploitation. Under its Congressional authorization, NCMEC operates the CyberTipline, the national clearinghouse for leads and tips regarding crimes against children on the Internet. In 2012 the Technology Coalition funded two projects in support of the CyberTipline:
- Integration of PhotoDNA into NCMEC’s CyberTipline;
- Enhancements to the process to collect feedback from law enforcement and to update the corresponding reports on the CyberTipline. By improving this process, NCMEC is able to have more productive discussions with industry and law enforcement with a goal of making the CyberTipline as effective as possible.