The Internet Watch Foundation Just Fingerprinted Over One Million Digital Child Sexual Abuse Images / Digital Information World

Images depicting child sexual abuse have become notoriously prevalent on the Internet, and although steps have been taken to reduce their prevalence, they continue to be a problem despite considerable efforts. A UK-based charity called the Internet Watch Foundation has attempted to help mitigate the spread of CSA images online by creating a database containing more than 1 million image fingerprints which have already been detected in the hope that this will prevent them from spreading further.

The images themselves come from a database created by the UK government which contains some of the most disturbing videos and images in this category. The IWF used an algorithm to create individual hashes that would mark these images in a unique way, and with all of that said and now out of the way, it’s important to note that there are still ways in which sexual abusers can get around by making subtle changes to the images in question.

Also, some images are encrypted, which means it’s simply not possible to create digital fingerprints, all things having been taken into account. Despite this being the case, this non-profit organization has managed to take down more than a quarter of a million websites, or 252,000 to be precise, that contained images depicting a form of child sexual abuse. children.

Some of the children shown in these images are as young as five years old, revealing just how big this problem has become. Children must be protected at all costs, and their abuse and recording is turning into an unfortunate industry that continues to find new homes for itself after steps are taken to clamp down on it.

This registry is a positive step, but many more will need to be taken before real changes can be seen. Kids won’t be safe online until these images are allowed to circulate, and Big Tech has a pretty big role to play here as well.

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John C. Dent