Swedish Company Tackles Child Abuse Images

Child sexual abuse images are a heinous problem on the internet which have persisted despite years of effort to purge them. Now a Swedish company is offering an innovative approach that can match any image against a database of known child pornography regardless of the source of the image, or if the computer is online.NetClean’s approach is based on image recognition, but differs from previous image-based pornography filters. Early attempts used AI to try to discern the contents of an image, typically looking for certain outlines and tonal values. Such approaches are unable to discern between legitimate pictures, e.g. a nude, and pornography.

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