June 27, 2006 By News Report
The Technology Coalition will have four principal objectives:
The participating companies have pledged one million dollars in combined initial funding to establish the Technology Coalition. Beyond financial support, the Coalition companies also agreed to offer the full backing of their collective experience, knowledge, and expertise in helping NCMEC address these issues.
"Child predators take advantage of Internet technologies not only to help distribute images of child exploitation, but also to attempt to conceal their criminal behavior," said Ernie Allen, President and CEO of NCMEC. "These leading companies have a wealth of expertise and technological tools that can help protect children and reduce the proliferation of sexually abusive images of children. Similar tools have been used to protect users from other Internet-related threats, such as spam, phishing and viruses. Now they can also be applied to this fight against child pornographers."
The Coalition's initiatives would be structured to ensure that privacy interests of Internet users are appropriately balanced with its mission to eradicate child pornography.
The participating Coalition companies announced that an organizational conference would be held in July 2006 to draft its charter and to evaluate a timeline for identification and deployment of technologies.
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