Google Goes After Child Porn

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Search giant Google plans on using it’s vast resources to fight child pornography.

CNET reports that the firm will create a database of metadata from illegal images and share that with

other tech companies, law enforcement, and charities around the world. The database will let these groups swap information, collaborate, and remove the images from the Web.

Part of the technology behind this database comes from a technique Google already uses called “hashing,” which tags images showing sexual abuse of children with a unique identification code. Computers can recognize the code and then locate, block, and report all duplicate images on the Web. Google plans to have the database up and running within a year.

Google will also be donating $5 million to groups like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and others with similar missions.

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