Videntifier Technologies: Putting a Stop to Child Sexual Abuse Material Online

A Light in the Darkest Corners of the Web

The exponential growth of online content has revolutionized how we access and consume information, but it has also given rise to a formidable challenge in ensuring online safety and security. The rampant spread of illicit content, such as child sexual abuse material and terrorist-related content, poses a critical threat to vulnerable individuals and communities worldwide. Fortunately, Videntifier Technologies, an innovative company specializing in developing video identification solutions, has emerged as a beacon of hope in this dark arena.

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Since 2012, Videntifier has been dedicated to creating cutting-edge technology that enables organizations to confront the never-ending influx of illicit content that swamps the internet daily. The company’s innovative approach to video identification has given rise to a streamlined and highly efficient hashing matching process, a capability that most of its peers in the industry are unable to match. The origin of their technology can be traced back to the database laboratories of Reykjavik University in Iceland and IRISA-CNRS in Rennes, France, where its team remains up-to-date on the latest trends in the multimedia database and computer vision field.

Videntifier’s reputation as a leading player in the video recognition technology sector is firmly cemented through strategic partnerships with notable organizations, such as Interpol, Facebook, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Video-sharing technology has emerged as the foremost medium for sharing content on various online platforms in today’s digital era. Content moderators seeking to ensure online safety and security are constantly facing new challenges as a result of this development. The most prevalent issue these platforms encounter is the recurrent reuploading of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), which often results in an unending cycle of re-victimization.

Videntifier has made it a primary focus to address the issue of identifying and combating the spread of CSAM. In pursuit of this objective, the company has achieved a noteworthy accomplishment by partnering with NCMEC. As a nonprofit organization, NCMEC serves as a voice for children who cannot defend themselves against abusers and helps parents bring missing or lost children home. The organization is best known for creating age progression photos for long-term missing children’s cases and ensuring the faces of missing children are displayed publicly to be recognized and brought to safety.

The task of identifying and rescuing exploited children is of paramount importance to NCMEC analysts. However, in their efforts to accomplish this crucial task, the analysts are often faced with the overwhelming responsibility of manually reviewing images of CSAM, which can have significant psychological repercussions on them. This is where Videntifier‘s advanced technology comes into play, as it eases this burden by streamlining the review process and relieving analysts of this emotionally taxing duty.

The company’s video identification tool is central to this process, utilizing advanced hash technology and visual fingerprinting to evaluate videos and images. It significantly reduces the time required for manual review and is adept at identifying identical content, even when images have been altered. This capability provides organizations like NCMEC with a vital advantage in matching reports with known instances of CSAM and uncovering new leads. Videntifier remains committed to enhancing its collaboration with NCMEC, constantly refining and optimizing its system to make it even more potent, intelligent, and effective in suppressing the spread of illegal content online.

“NCMEC received over 44 million videos of suspected child sexual exploitation in 2021. With our technology, it is possible to find content in our database in less than 1 second, dramatically cutting the staff’s time in identifying potential child victims,” says Sigurdur Ragnarsson, CEO at Videntifier.

At the heart of the company’s mission lies a deep commitment to becoming a beacon of hope for children exploited by the internet’s darkest corners. Videntifier strives to leverage its advanced technology to create a positive impact, notably by suppressing the spread of child sexual abuse material and other nefarious content online. Additionally, they seek to empower moderators and analysts responsible for monitoring such content by giving them the tools to make their work more manageable and less taxing on their emotions.

“For us, this is the most important work that we do,” says Sigurdur Ragnarsson, CEO at Videntifier Technologies.

To learn more about Videntifier’s work and expertise, access their publications page. To start a conversation with their team, here’s their contact page.

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