Lancaster Uni team takes lead in protecting kids

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A TEAM led by Lancaster University is developing tools to help identify criminals who make and share child abuse media across the web.

The two-year project, funded by European Commission Safer Internet Programme, brings together researchers, police and child protection experts across the European Union to develop new software capable of identifying new material or previously unknown child abuse files on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

The iCOP project aims to develop a forensics software toolkit which will scan and identify new or previously unknown images and videos, giving law enforcement the best possible chance of tracking the originator of the material, protecting children from further harm and securing conviction.

It brings together international experts on online child safety technologies from Lancaster University (UK), Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), University College Cork (Ireland) and The German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (Germany).

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