March 1, 2018

SXSW 2018: Tech Innovation to Fight Child Exploitation

Did You Know?

·       Child exploitation is taking place across every platform; social media, messaging apps and video games. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

·       24% of reported child sextortion incidents mentioned that they suspected or knew that additional children were targeted by the same offender. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

·       1 in 3 children that have been sexually exploited have engaged in self-harm, threatened suicide or attempted suicide as a result of the victimization. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

·       The CyberTipline, operated by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received more than 10.2 million reports in 2017 alone. (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)

Technological advancements and online anonymity have introduced new threats to crimes against children. They have made it easier to reach children, connect the people involved and easily execute payments. However, technology can also be used to fight back.

Fortalice Solutions CEO, Theresa Payton will join a panel of cyber security specialists, identity experts and social activists at SXSW 2018 to discuss how technology is being used to fight child exploitation and ways the public can help advance this goal.

 “Tech Innovation to Fight Child Exploitation” is March 13 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. CST. Can’t make it to Austin? Follow us on Twitter, where we’ll be live-tweeting the event!