The Child Rescue Coalition has announced a partnership with Waterloo-based Magnet Forensics to combat child exploitation.
Magnet Forensics develops investigation software for forensic professionals, and last year the company launched Magnet.AI with the specific goal of combatting child sexual exploitation. The contextual content analysis tool uses machine learning to search through conversations on smartphones, computers, and chat apps.
“Child Rescue Coalition and Magnet Forensics share a mission of assisting our partners in law enforcement combat the heinous crime of child sexual exploitation,” said Carly Yoost, founder and CEO of the Child Rescue Coalition. “We at Child Rescue Coalition thank the team at Magnet Forensics for their partnership, sustainable financial support and willingness to integrate technologies to improve child sexual exploitation investigations with the ultimate goal of bringing perpetrators to justice and keeping children safe from sexual exploitation.”
CRC said that increasingly sophisticated technologies, including encryption techniques and peer-to-peer networks on the Dark Web provide easier, more anonymous access to child sexual abuse material, and hide perpetrators’ activities.
As part of the partnership, Magnet Forensics will provide a multi-year donation to help fund CRC’s operations. “Child Rescue Coalition is an integral partner to law enforcement in the global fight to stop child sexual exploitation,” said Jad Saliba, a former digital forensic examiner, and Founder and CTO of Magnet Forensics. “We at Magnet Forensics are proud to partner with Child Rescue Coalition and support their operations as we share a common mission of keeping children safe from sexual exploitation and bringing perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice.”
Details on the technology integration between CRC and Magnet Forensics will be released later in 2018.