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PhotoDNA Launches in Taiwan

06 November 2012 | Hope Ong, Senior Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Taiwan

Earlier this month we talked about the groundbreaking work that Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) has done this year to make our world safer through technology. One of the stories we highlighted was DCU making its image-matching technology PhotoDNA available to international law enforcement agencies at no cost, in order to support their ongoing efforts to fight child pornography. This summer, Microsoft Taiwan and ECPAT Taiwan kicked off their PhotoDNA initiative at a joint press conference that called on all Internet service providers (ISP) to increase security measures and better protect children and teenagers against predators.

ECPAT Taiwan is part of ECPAT International, a global non-governmental organization (NGO) with the mission to eliminate child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. The PhotoDNA initiative makes Taiwan the first Asian country to cooperate with Internet service providers in the fight against children and teenager sexual abuse.

Microsoft has closely watched matters related to children and teenagers’ cyber safety for many years and has worked with social welfare organizations such as Child Welfare League Foundation and ECPAT Taiwan to investigate cyber safety. Our goal is to deepen the understanding of changes related to cyber safety of children and teenagers and work together to accurately promote a healthy idea of Internet safety. By utilizing PhotoDNA technology, we believe Taiwan will become one of the significant members of cyber safety guardians working together to stop online child exploitation. We deeply appreciate their dedication and their commitment to empowering law enforcement agencies with the technology to find, report and eliminate child pornography online and to more quickly identify and rescue victims. 

Hope Ong
Senior Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Taiwan

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Hope Ong | Senior Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Taiwan

Hope Ong has worked on corporate and community affairs in Microsoft Taiwan for more than 10 years. She is passionate about helping non-profit organizations and disadvantaged groups enjoy the effectiveness and conveniences brought by ICT.