The Artemis project will help fight pedophiles on the internet

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Microsoft's new tool lets you analyze chat conversations. Thanks to it, service administrators will receive notifications when the conversation points to child grooming, i.e. attempts by pedophiles to establish relationships with children. The technology is free and can be used by companies offering text chat.

The Artemis project was created from November 2018. His task is to analyze conversations held in Internet messengers. The tool independently assesses conversations and then classifies them according to the risk scale. Website owners can use these ratings to indicate which chats should be checked by administrators. If they confirm the inappropriate nature of the discussion, they can refer the case to law enforcement. The Artemis project uses artificial intelligence that has been taught words and phrases related to child grooming (engaging in child seduction). The technology is based on the tools used by Microsoft in Xbox Live. The company is now planning to introduce it to its other services, including Skype.

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The Artemis project is free and will be available to companies that provide online chat. The Redmond giant developed them in collaboration with the developers of the MeetMe, Skout and Lovoo applications, the Roblox game and the Kik messenger. She also got involved in the work Thorn organizationthat works to protect children online. Everyone who wants to test and introduce the technology in their own solutions is to contact her. Thorn has been involved in project related licenses since January 10.

On its blog, Microsoft emphasizes that Artemis is not a cure for all evil and does not guarantee full effectiveness. However, it is a significant step in the fight against pedophiles on the web. Dr Hany Farid, who cooperated with MS on the PhotoDNA system 10 years ago, took part in its creation. Its task is to detect photos and videos of child abuse. By describing materials with unique digital signatures, PhotoDNA allows you to find copies of them.

Other technology companies are also involved in the fight against pedophilia on the web. Last year, YouTube removed several hundred channels and turned off commenting on videos with children. | allthingsblogging.com

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