A New System Is Helping Crack Down on Child Sex Abuse Images
Each day, a team of analysts in the UK faces a seemingly endless mountain of horrors. The team of 21, who work at the Internet Watch Foundation’s office in Cambridgeshire, spend hours trawling through images and videos containing child sexual abuse. And, each time they find a photo or piece of footage it needs to be assessed and labeled. Last year alone the team identified 153,383 web pages with links to child sexual abuse imagery. This creates a vast database that can then be shared internationally in an attempt to stem the flow of abuse. The problem? Different countries have different ways of categorizing images and videos.