Google, the giant of the I-Tech declares war against pedophilia on the net!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pedophilia is a very serious problem and must be fought, even online. Google responds to the request of David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, to intensify checks on images of children on the web, employing 200 persons for development of new technologies, in order to counter this sad phenomenon. From here, the news reported by Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, announcing many changes to algorithm of search engine to combat child pornography on its platforms. According to the Daily Mail released by Eric Schmidt, Google would be able to refine their algorithm to block web searches related to child pornography, making it inaccessible photos and videos that may contain child sexual abuse.

According to Schmidt, Google currently have identified more than 100,000 search (query) linked to pedophile material: all this content can now be blocked using this technology. The limitations imposed by the motor will initially apply to English-speaking countries, but extend over a period of six months at 158 other languages. Although Google can not prevent a pedophile to load material online, at least for now, these new changes have allowed to identify more than 100,000 applications potentially related to child pornography. In addition to the removal of links, images and videos from the search results, Google is working on a series of new measures in collaboration with other giants of the Web.

Yesterday was held a meeting at Downing Street on pornography on the network between David Cameron and the heads of Google, Microsoft and other giants of the web.

The identification system PhotoDNA and YouTube

PhotoDNA is a software that should help the research and censorship of  online child pornography. Based on a comparison chart of technology, has been developed by Microsoft Research in collaboration with the Dartmouth College and the "National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)": the latter provides a photographic database of missing children in the United States over the past 10 years. PhotoDNA should identify the pictures and videos, already reported to the police (we are talking millions of files) and proceed with the comparison, creating a sort of unique signature for each content, which may be compared with other signatures in order to trace the copies. Many giants, such as Facebook, using this  identification technology for analyze the images online and detect cases of child pornography.

According to Schmidt, Google has also worked on this: the minds of YouTube would have created a new technology that can identify child pornography videos on video sharing sites, with the idea to make it available to all organizations operating in the defense of minors. Always the Mountain View Giant in the past months, had announced a project that involves the creation of a database of images related to child abuse, you can share with web agencies, government agencies and voluntary organizations around the world. All this as a precautionary measure and quotes, with the sole purpose of breaking down a problem which perennially besets the web.
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