I was walking through Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City, still in disbelief that I was attending this historic event. Along with 150 representatives from leading organizations, institutions, and governments, I was presenting Pope Francis with the “Declaration of Rome.” This declaration was the capstone of the World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World, a gathering sponsored by the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in partnership with the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online and Telefono Azzurro, an Italian nonprofit and helpline protecting children from abuse. Read More
Thorn kicked off our work in DC with a bang — with a testimony from our co-founder’s before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We may be the new kids on the block, but we have some big goals to educate policymakers about leveraging technology to address child sexual abuse. These past few months, we’ve learned a ton and we plan on sharing those insights regularly with you, our supporters. Here’s what’s top of mind in human trafficking policy for us at the moment. Read More
The FBI’s Operation Cross Country is a cross agency—and now cross border—operation that focuses on recovering underage victims of sex trafficking and raising public awareness. This year’s Operation Cross Country aided in the recovery of 82 juveniles (the youngest U.S. victim was 13 years old) and the arrest of 239 pimps. FBI Director Comey said, “Operation Cross Country aims to shine a spotlight into the darkest corners of our society that seeks to prey on the most vulnerable of our population.” Read More
Last month, the documentary Audrie & Daisy arrived on Netflix. It tells the story of the sexual assault of two teenage girls, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman. While each girl has a unique story, they share a common experience in the stigma, shame, and harassment they receive in response to their assault and the role technology plays in each of their stories. Read More
As Thorn’s Program Manager, I lead research initiatives that deepen our understanding of child sexual exploitation and help inform our partners across the tech industry, law enforcement and NGOs. Last summer, we launched a new research project to better understand sextortion. We heard from our partners about this growing threat to online child safety and the severe consequences. We wanted to arm them with more knowledge to combat this abuse, so we partnered with the Crimes Against Children Research Center to get our partners the information they needed directly from survivors. Read More
Greg Clark is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft and participated in the recent Child Safety Hackathon at Facebook.
As someone who has spent his entire career thus far working in technology, I’ve always looked for opportunities to use my skills and experience to make a difference, beyond simply producing new innovative software and services.
I recently had the privilege of traveling to the Bay Area to attend a Child Safety Hackathon, put on by Facebook, featuring challenges from Thorn and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The goal was to raise the problem of child sex trafficking to a diverse group of engineers to see what progress could be made over two days. The result was truly amazing! Read More
On February 4th, I flew out to the San Francisco Bay Area to support our law enforcement partners in Super Bowl sting operations. In addition to other methods, officers used the anti-human trafficking tool we developed with Digital Reasoning, called Spotlight, to help identify victims and illicit networks. It was tremendously gratifying to come back to the Bay on behalf of Thorn and see our technology in action. Read More
The core mission of our work at Thorn revolves around using innovative technology to end the sexual exploitation of children. That’s why today we’re very proud to announce the launch of the Innovation Lab — a new think tank in San Francisco that will gather a team of engineers and data scientists to develop partnerships and create proactive tools to stop the sexual abuse of children. Read More