New Tool May Identify Pedophiles in Online Chats

Ready for some good news? Here is an encouraging new developments you may have missed:

–“On the basis of words and patterns of speech,” Microsoft has “created an automated system to detect sexual predators trying to groom children online.”

https://www.technologyreview.com/f/615033/microsoft-has-created-a-tool-to-find-pedophiles-in-online-chats/?utm_campaign=site_visitor.unpaid.engagement&utm_source

Let’s hope this works, works well, and spreads quickly. (At the same time, however, let no one get complacent and assume any new or improved technology can ever take the place of involved and vigilant parents and loved ones.)

At the risk of sounding ‘preachy,’ we must remember that ALL OF US have a duty to protect the vulnerable. When we choose to adopt, as our default posture, supporting those who report sexual violence (instead of being overly skeptical), we are indeed helping to both protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.