Dutch building automatic child pornography detection system
April 25, 2012
The Dutch Forensic Institute NFI is working to build a computer system that can automatically recognise child pornography files on a computer.
The institute is working in conjunction with Microsoft to develop software that allows a large number of files to be searched quickly for child pornography.
Authorities often find extremely large photo collections on the hard drives of paedophiles. These child pornography collections frequently contain as many as a million images or films. Investigators have the daunting task of sifting through computers looking for child pornography. “It's emotionally draining and time-consuming” says researcher Erwin van Eijken.
He points out that around 2,000 times more data currently gets investigated by the NFI than back in 1998, but says it is still necessary to devise smart methods to keep pace with the continuing growth of online data.
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