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October 19, 2017

Pope Francis Leads Historic Event to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

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.”…
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May 10, 2017

Why I Donate My Time to Thorn

Shari Benko, User Experience Design Lead at Intel, joined us last week at Facebook Global Security HQ for the two-day Child Safety Hackathon. Employees from Intel, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Domino Data Lab, and more, came together for the second year…
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December 20, 2016

Technology and Thorn Are Playing a Critical Role in Addressing Child Sexual Exploitation

The following guest post was written by Ernie Allen, a recent addition to Thorn's Board of Directors. His leadership, dedication, inspiration and ongoing work to protect children across the globe continue to push us forward. Throughout my career I have…
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October 28, 2016

Cloudera Cares + Thorn = Social Impact at Grace Hopper 2016

Our team joined Cloudera Cares to host a hackathon at the recent Grace Hopper Open Source Day. Women attending the conference were invited to take part in a day long hackathon to benefit a social impact project. The event served a number…
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July 27, 2016

Hacking at Microsoft //oneweek to ID Exploited Children

Oftentimes when a child is in trouble, one of the only clues we have is his or her face.  We can have a picture of a missing child and be looking for them, or we can have a picture of…
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May 17, 2016

Hackathon Creates Tech Solutions for Child Safety

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…
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May 12, 2016

Child Safety Hackathon Brings Silicon Valley Together

Last week, we joined Facebook as they hosted the first cross-industry Child Safety Hackathon. The event brought together leaders across the tech industry to hack on creating cutting edge solutions that will help find victims faster, deter predatory behavior and make…
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April 25, 2016

Microsoft’s PhotoDNA: Leading the Fight Against Child Sexual Abuse Imagery

Courtney Gregoire works as a senior attorney in Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, where she fights technology-facilitated crime against vulnerable populations including children and the elderly. Her blog post is part of Thorn’s hashing series, which highlights the benefits of hashing…
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April 18, 2016

Eliminating Child Sexual Abuse Material: The Role and Impact of Hash Values

John Shehan is the Vice President of the Exploited Child Division at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He also serves as Vice President to INHOPE, a network of international hotlines combatting child sexual abuse online, and as…
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April 12, 2016

Introduction to Hashing: A Powerful Tool to Detect Child Sex Abuse Imagery Online

Last month, Thorn Digital Defender Del Harvey wrote about Twitter’s use of PhotoDNA, a technology developed by Microsoft that computes hash values of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The tool applies a unique fingerprint to identify an individual photo to…
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