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Report: Cloudflare provided CDN services to sites hosting exploitative child content


For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. Cloudflare, a cloud company that provides security and content distribution services, provided CDN (Content Delivery Network) services to sites that host Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). CDN refers to a group of geographically distributed servers that host site data to provide faster access to people visiting that website. L1ght, an Israel-based company working to provide a safe environment to children online, shared a report with TNW containing details of the websites featuring…

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Ride-hailing apps are failing sexual assault survivors — UrSafe aims to change that


For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. Over the past year, ride-hailing apps including Uber and Lyft have faced increased scrutiny over worker and rider safety. In October, a House committee officially called on these companies to improve their safety measures over concerns regarding existing background check procedures on drivers, and the way sexual assault and harassment reports were handled. Back in August, Lyft was hit with seven sexual assault lawsuits from women who allegedly were raped…

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Microsoft’s new message scanning tool can help identify sexual predators in chatrooms


For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. Mircosoft released a tool known as “Project Artemi” yesterday to catch traps laid out by sexual predators online for children. The tool will be available to companies that offer chat function at no cost.  The company has developed this tool in partnership with The Meet Group, Roblox, Kik, and Thorn. A team of researchers worked on a technique to identify potential instances of child online grooming for sexual purposes and form a reply.  Kik’s involvement…

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Scientists developed #MeTooBots to fight workplace sexual harassment — but we shouldn’t rely on it


For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. It’s almost impossible to name an industry that doesn’t rely on email or other workplace messaging platforms like Slack. While instant, online messaging has undoubtedly revolutionized the workplace — defining itself as a collaborative tool that encourages openness within teams regardless of the company size — it’s created a new, and easier way for perpetrators to discreetly harass coworkers during work hours.While the responsibility ultimately falls on HR departments to…

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How to protect users from harassment in social VR spaces


For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. Imagine it’s your first time entering a social virtual reality experience. You quickly set up an avatar, choosing feminine characteristics because you identify as female. You choose an outfit that seems appropriate, and when you’re done, you spawn into a space. You have no idea where you are or who is around you. As you’re getting your sea legs in this new environment, all the other avatars look at you and…

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This new app is leveraging blockchain to help sexual assault survivors


For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. When many think of blockchain, they think of cryptocurrencies. But as one of the most exciting new fields of emerging technology, there’s an incredibly wide array of use cases for blockchain — as well as many empty promises and scams. When it comes to combating the age old problem of how to prevent sexual assault, it’s clear we need to look for new ways to do so. Blockchain’s ability to…

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