Online Service Providers Fight Child Porn

A coalition of online service providers, including Woodland Hills-based United Online, AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Earthlink, are teaming up in a new effort to fight child pornography. The coalition announced this morning that they are teaming with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to fund new technology to identify known images of child exploitation. The new, one million dollar effort will establish a central clearinghouse for known images of child pornography, which will be used to detect and block child pornography. The group also said that it will research and develop tools for law enforcement to help in locating and identifying predators and distributors of child pornography. The group said that an organizational conference will be held in July 2006 to charter the group, and evaluate a timeline for the deployment of technology.