Online database planned to help fight child abuse


For all the good the Internet has done for the world, it has also become a backdrop for nefarious activities at times.

V3 said that Google recently announced that it will join the fight against child pornography with a series of initiatives including an online database that will help identify and remove offensive images. Google will also donate money to the Internet Watch Foundation to help increase the charity’s workforce behind finding objectionable content.

Jacquelline Fuller, director of Google Giving, said in a blog post that Google has been using a “hashing” technology since 2008 to tag known child sexual abuse photos, which allows the company to identify duplicate images that could exist other places online. Each photo gets a unique ID and recently Google started using encrypted “fingerprints” of images in a cross-industry database. This helps charities, law enforcement agencies and companies to collaborate on removing photos and take action against criminals.

Google will share the custom online database with other search engines to create a stronger effort in eliminating child abuse photos from the Internet, according to International Business Times. Google’s engineers are working on a new technology so Web businesses and search engines can share information.

Google told The Telegraph that they expect the database to be up and running within a year.

“We’re in the business of making information widely available, but there’s certain ‘information’ that should never be created or found,” Fuller said in her blog post. “We can do a lot to ensure it’s not available online—and that when people try to share this disgusting content they are caught and prosecuted.”