Google is developing a database that might soon begin to help eradicate child pornography from the web, as told to the Telegraph.
In essence, technology firms, protective agencies, and those alike will be able to easily swap data in one felt swoop and delete indecent images of underaged individuals from their servers. Moreover, images that have already been flagged by child protection services will now sit in a centralized location, enabling easy access for companies seeking to keep their hard drives free of this lurid material.
[quote]“Recently, we have started working to incorporate these fingerprints into a cross-industry database. This will enable companies, law enforcement, and charities to better collaborate on detecting and removing child abuse images.[/quote]
Google is apparently using software that was first developed in 2008, and expects the service to go live sometime within a year. Additionally, they’re also setting up a $2 million fund to attract independent developers to produce tools to combat the child pornography.