Various VGT Partners Featured in Bloomberg Business Week Story
WASHINGTON — Several of the Virtual Global Taskforce’s law enforcement and private sector members were profiled as part of a recent article by Bloomberg Business Week on the various global law enforcement agencies, non-profits and technology companies working to combat the spread of online child pornography.
Interpol’s VGT board of management representative Mick Moran is quoted in the article as saying, “There’s limitless potential for technology to help solve the problem of child pornography.”
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Michelle Collins was also quoted, saying, “Technology and industry and law enforcement are all important in this fight. This isn’t a problem that’s going to be solved by arresting people.”
The story profiles work being done by VGT private sector partners Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit and NetClean, including Microsoft’s PhotoDNA software that can identify versions of the same picture online by comparing digital fingerprints and NetClean’s program that flags sex abuse images and reads data that’s often attached to digital photos.
The article also discusses and links to Operation Endeavor, a VGT operation spearheaded by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Additionally, it profiles the latest work being done by ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at its Cyber Crimes Center to identify child victims of sexual exploitation.