Google collects child porn in order to eradicate it

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Google is creating a global database of child abuse images with a plan to use them as a way to find and remove (and report) sites that host child porn. The company plans to make the database accessible to rivals who want to produce similar systems.

While we might think of these images as pictures, to a computer (and Google), they aren’t photos, but instead datasets that define those photos, so there won’t really be a database of child porn pictures, per se, but the data that make them up.  This data, as we’ve seen with Google Images and other smart search sets, can be used to find other, similar images and flag them.  If the match is made solid enough to have a certainty of being child abuse, the website it is hosted on can be removed from Google’s search database so people cannot find it through a Google search.

The program at Google comes after political pressure in Europe pushed them to act. The European Union and officials from European nations have been publicly asking Google and other technology companies to “find a solution” to child pornography on the Web.

The technology to do this is not really that new, having been incorporated into Google Images in 2008, but has two big steps forward: first, the data is standardized so it can be shared with other companies, speeding up adoption of similar systems at other search engines. Second, it’s being honed to carefully identify whether a flagged image fits a profile that is far more specific than the profiles generally used to create related images searches in Google’s normal image search engine.

The base images being used to create the database are images officially flagged by authorities in various countries as being child pornography or abuse, usually in court where convictions were made.

This will augment Google’s current program of filtering images suspected of being child porn from searches and take it a step further by outright removing sites from the search database when they are flagged.

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