Julie Cordua: How we can eliminate child sexual abuse material from the internet
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that would change my life.
streaming through the window.
asking for my help
sexual abuse images they had found online.
to the world for years
to the sexual abuse of children.
we were a new nonprofit
to fight child sexual abuse.
on child sex trafficking.
help them stop this abuse.
documenting her rape had gone viral,
private chat rooms
that thousands around the world
in the last five years
child sexual abuse material --
made it simply too risky
and the market exploded.
of child sexual abuse material
for Missing and Exploited Children,
the amount the year prior.
are hard to contemplate,
featuring children younger than 12,
extreme acts of sexual violence.
dedicated to the abuse of children,
the content itself.
to leverage new technologies,
user agreements of websites,
at one piece of the puzzle at a time,
our response today is designed.
disconnected approach is not working.
our response to this epidemic
what we're doing at Thorn.
to connect these dots,
to ultimately eliminate
from the internet.
about what those dots are.
this content is horrific.
you don't want to look at it.
or law enforcement agencies
into a unique string of numbers.
is use the information in investigations
the content from their platform,
at every image and every video each time.
of millions of these hashes
all around the world.
that has control over it,
we don't know how many are unique.
children who have already been rescued
is that all of this data
combined with software on a global scale,
impact in this space.
the hundreds of millions of files
of new material before it ever goes viral.
and we just felt this, um ...
is the way I can put it,
in the investigation
would have existed,
the only thing we knew how to do:
of officers all around the world
a new victim online,
looking for them immediately.
the details of that software,
to get to a child
on that second horizon:
identify and remove this content.
about these companies.
and videos in the US alone last year.
of child sexual abuse material.
that have the money
to pull this content down.
around the world,
their platform would be used for abuse,
on something that is not driving revenue.
with the more companies that participate.
if you haven't heard of this company,
websites in the US --
content uploaded every single day,
a more fun place.
of going live on our system,
a known piece of abuse material.
they pull it down,
for Missing and Exploited Children.
of the person who had uploaded it.
of child sexual abuse material
to see exponential impact.
for Missing and Exploited Children
go back into the system
lead to millions more and, in real time,
and pulling this content down,
the speed at which we are removing
from the internet around the world.
about software and data,
to outrun the perpetrators
that are normalizing child sexual abuse
the impact this is having on our children.
whose abuse has gone viral
of these young adults
they try to recover from,
have thought about suicide.
have attempted suicide.
with the fear every single day
or they interview for a job
for more than 30 percent of them.
from their abuse material online.
that is really hard to look at,
and make sure that their platforms
with their law enforcement
a digital first crime,
cannot speak for themselves.
is part of that will.
against one of humanity's darkest evils.
an investment in a future
ABOUT THE SPEAKERJulie Cordua - Social entrepreneur
Julie Cordua is dedicated to building the tools, partnerships and communities that will eliminate child sexual abuse from the internet.
Why you should listen
Julie Cordua is driven by a desire to break down traditional silos and barriers and bring the resources and talent of the private sector to bear on some of our society's worst social problems. In 2006, she left the wireless technology industry to help launch (RED), bringing private sector resources to work on AIDS in Africa. In 2011, she joined co-founders Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore to create Thorn, a technology-led non-profit that builds products and systems aimed at eliminating online child sexual abuse. Today, Thorn's tools are deployed in more than 50 countries, having helped to identify more than 14,000 child victims of abuse and reduce investigative time by more than 65 percent.
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