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USA — THORN — Thorn builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse. In partnership with tech companies, government and NGOs we aim to accelerate victim identification, disrupt platforms, and change behavior.

USA — THORN — Thorn builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse. In partnership with tech companies, government and NGOs we aim to accelerate victim identification, disrupt platforms, and change behavior.
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We now house the first engi­neer­ing and data sci­ence team focused sole­ly on devel­op­ing new tech­nolo­gies to com­bat online child sex­u­al abuse. We bring togeth­er a team with deep tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and sub­ject mat­ter exper­tise to inno­vate and deploy new tech­nol­o­gy solu­tions at a much faster rate. We are able to quick­ly assess whether new tech­nolo­gies can be repur­posed to pro­tect chil­dren from sex­u­al exploita­tion through one of our three strate­gic pil­lars: 1) accel­er­at­ing vic­tim iden­ti­fi­ca­tion 2) equip­ping plat­forms, and 3) empow­er­ing the public.

Thorn was born in 2012. Our co-founders Ash­ton Kutch­er and Demi Moore had learned about the issue of child sex traf­fick­ing from a doc­u­men­tary high­light­ing what was hap­pen­ing to chil­dren in Cam­bo­dia. They describe it as this moment where you learn some­thing about the world that you can’t un-know. As they start­ed learn­ing more, they real­ized that it is just as pro­lif­ic of a prob­lem here in the Unit­ed States as it is overseas.

Thorn CEO Julie Cor­d­ua joined soon after to begin to dig fur­ther into the issue of child sex traf­fick­ing. There was a com­mon theme that emerged from those work­ing in the field — tech­nol­o­gy was play­ing a role in extend­ing the crime. How­ev­er, tech­nol­o­gy had yet to play a sig­nif­i­cant part in its solu­tion. Our team start­ed out in this space focused on invest­ing in the inno­va­tion phase of poten­tial tech-led approach­es to end­ing online child sex­u­al abuse. With­in the first two years, we real­ized that we need­ed to shift our mod­el for scal­able long-term change.

In 2014, after our team pro­to­typed a prod­uct to aid in iden­ti­fy­ing child sex traf­fick­ing vic­tims who were sold online, we made the deci­sion to devel­op the prod­uct itself and pro­vide it free to law enforce­ment. This approach broke open the new mod­el for us — one that moved beyond inno­va­tion to include pro­duc­ti­za­tion and rapid scale, bypass­ing exist­ing bureau­crat­ic struc­tures that often ham­per access, data shar­ing, and collaboration.

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