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Women in Tech Are Powerful Digital Defenders of Children

By March 31, 2016 No Comments

In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016, we kicked off the month of March with a focus on the powerful, inspirational and dedicated women in tech who work with Thorn as Digital Defenders to protect children.

We first heard from our CEO, Julie Cordua, who shared her journey from PR and marketing at Motorola, to helping to create the (RED) campaign, to running Thorn; next we heard from Einat Sandman Clarke, who chose to dedicate her career to the difficult issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE) as a senior counsel at Google. After that, Thorn Research Fellow and UC Berkeley PhD student, Rebecca Portnoff talked about why she’s interested in exploring machine learning and natural language processing to fight human trafficking; and finally, we closed out our WIT series with Del Harvey, the VP of Trust & Safety at Twitter who shared her own inspirational story about why she’s fighting for children’s safety online.

Women in tech are passionate Digital Defenders of children

We want to thank these women for sharing their stories, and for being passionate Digital Defenders — dedicated to tackling the issue of child sexual exploitation in their own organizations and in partnership with Thorn. If you’re interested in joining our team of Digital Defenders to fight child sexual exploitation, you can fill out our survey.

Next month, we will discuss the technology of hashing and what role it plays in our continued efforts to marry technology and child safety online. Stay tuned and stay connected!