UCC team helps find sex abusers online

A University College Cork (UCC) researcher has helped develop a new technology that identifies child sex-abusers online. The technology, a toolkit called iCOP (Identifying and Catching Originators in Peer 2 Peer Networks), has been trialled by police. The toolkit uses artificial intelligence and a special data analysis (known as machine-learning) to automatically identify new or unseen images. Machine learning enables computers to find hidden information without preprogramming. Traditionally, employees at law-enforcement agencies have to go through tranches of disturbing data physically to find offenders and victims. “It’s common to seize computers and collections of child sexual-abuse materials containing enormous volumes of illegal materials, terabytes of individual files,” said UCC lecturer and researcher Maggie Brennan. “Having to view this material to find victims can be traumatic and distressing for the specialists…

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