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Google pledges $5 million to fight child porn


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Google pledges $5 million to fight child porn

American multinational corporation Google has announced a $5 million (3.75 million euro) effort to eradicate child abuse imagery online, which it described as “a global problem that needs a global solution”.

The company, which already uses “hashing” technology to tag child sexual abuse images, said that it was working to incorporate encrypted “fingerprints” of images into a cross-industry database.

This would allow law enforcement, charities and businesses to better collaborate to detect and remove such images, as well as to take action against the criminals.

The pledge includes a $2 million (1.5 million euro) Child Protection Technology Fund for the development of more effective tools to combat such content.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a not-for-profit US organisation, reported in 2011 that it had received 17.3 million images and videos of suspected child abuse. It said that behind these images are real, helpless children who are victimised through both the creation and distribution of such content.

Half of the images and videos reported came from outside the United States, demonstrating the need for borderless communication between organisations fighting the problem.

Google said on its official company blog: “We’re in the business of making information widely available, but there’s certain ‘information’ that should never be created or found.”

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