Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Global)

Advancing Project Arachnid: Global Notice System and Tailored Tools to Expedite the Removal of Child Sexual Abuse Material

With support from Safe Online, Canadian Centre for Child Protection has advanced its existing technological solution, Project Arachnid, to improve automated detection of child sexual abuse material. Project Arachnid is processing tens of thousands of images per second, crawling sites across the web to detect and remove abuse material. By developing an automated multi-lingual global notification system – along with tailored tools to find and report images – Project Arachnid used End Violence’s support to expedite the removal of child sexual abuse material across the world, and develop tools to find images on sites that traditionally make automated detection nearly impossible. Headquartered in Canada, this project has a global reach.

In 2022, two distinct new components will help to bolster Project Arachnid’s capabilities to target publicly available CSAM that, for the most part, has evaded detection. These efforts will have a significant impact on the removal of CSAM globally, as well as the prevention of online child victimization.

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