Technology has changed our world for the better, but it has also drastically changed the way that child sexual exploitation takes place. Every day, children in this country are advertised online as prostitutes – mostly to adults who search for them on sites used to market sexual services. Millions of images and videos of child abuse are traded on the open web, peer to peer networks and on encrypted anonymized networks. Last year alone, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received over 22 million digital files for victim identification – and this just scratches the surface.
We need your help. We’re tapping the best and brightest minds in technology to help us stay steps ahead of the perpetrators and identify/rescue more victims.
Participants will be asked to work on a variety of challenges facing the organization and its partners in the fight against child sexual exploitation. This will include challenges like: analyzing large data sets to identify patterns and linkages to help identify potential trafficking victims and/or perpetrators, extracting data from images and creating an ability to sort/access this data, and more.
Saturday, August 23 9 am until 11 pm
Sunday, August 24th 8 am until 5:30 pm
San Francisco. Exact location will be sent to confirmed participants.
Prizes will include an invitation and trip to attend a Thorn Defender’s Circle meeting hosted by Ashton Kutcher (the Defender’s Circle is a small group of more than dozen technology and business luminaries, including Joe Lonsdale and Ron Conway, who fund and guide Thorn’s work); Lenovo laptops, Google Nexus phones and more….
More judges to be announced.
The deadline for the application has now passed. Accepted participants will be contacted shortly.