AI Tool to Tackle Child Abuse
Fri, September 30, 2022

AI Tool to Tackle Child Abuse

About 80% of police officers stated that AI plays an important role in identifying child sexual abuse content online / Credits: Katarzyna Białasiewicz via 123RF


Artificial intelligence is a ground-breaking tech being used to address issues and even solve crimes. It is capable of combatting child sexual abuse online, which the police and advocates have been trying to address for many years. Eric Oldenburg, a Law Enforcement Liaisons Officer, stated that the increasing volume of child sexual abuse material has become a major barrier in investigating cases and saving children’s lives across the world. Fortunately, AI can help.

NetClean, an organization that develops tech solutions for detecting and removing child sexual abuse material, reported that 1 in 5 police officers have now used AI in their investigations. About 80% of respondents to their study stated that AI plays an important role in identifying child sexual abuse content online. Meanwhile, 30.2% of the respondents stated that the technology helps with investigative work.

One of the AI tools law enforcement is using is Griffeye. According to Verdict, an online site that covers the latest news on technology, disruption and businesses, including cybersecurity, blockchain, AI and everything in between, Griffeye is used by over 4,000 police agencies across the world for “processing, sorting and analysing images and videos.” This includes depicting child abuse. The report showed that 20.1% of police officers stated that AI tech such as Griffeye makes it easier for officers to sort through and prioritize data. At the same time, it can reduce the extent to which officers are exposed to traumatic images or videos.

“I have used AI for many years now and in the past two or three years, there have been some incredible developments. I don’t think there will be a time during my career where we can blindly rely on computers and algorithms to do our work, however, in the not too distant future we might be able to automate up to 90% of what we today are doing manually,” Jim Cole, Supervisory Special Agent from the US Homeland Security Investigations team in Nashville, Tennessee, said.