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Google working to screen out child porn

Google has announced major plans to make a new effort to eradicate child porn on the Internet. The tech giant's first efforts against child porn came in 2006, when it joined an international coalition focused on ending the problem. Now, Google says it's developed technology which will help automatically identify and delete images of child abuse. In part, the technique employs “hashing,” which tags innappropriate images with a code and identifies similar images across the web to wipe them out. Google plans to build a database of such images and share them with other tech companies and law enforcement, allowing them to swap information and collaborate.

Other tech companies have also been active in battling child pornography on the Web. Microsoft helped develop the hashing technology for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's PhotoDNA program and Facebook uses the technology across its networkto ensure child pornography is not circulating through the site.In addition to the upcoming database, Google also announced Saturday that it is donating $5 million to fight child pornography. The money will be split up between global child protection organizations like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Watch Foundation, and Google's own Child Protection Technology Fund.

"We're in the business of making information widely available, but there's certain 'information' that should never be created or found," Google Giving director Jacquelline Fuller wrote in a blog post on Saturday. "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."


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