Bill Gates answers cop’s child porn plea: For all the crap we give Bill Gates, this is a pretty good story. A Toronto police officer working in the child exploitation section sent Gates an email asking if he could do something to help stop the spread of child pornography. Gates forwarded the email to his folks up in Canada, and they’ve dropped almost half a million dollars on the project so far.
“Microsoft and the Toronto police, where Gillespie is in charge of the child exploitation section, are now developing software that will make it easier for police to investigate the dissemination of child pornography on the Internet. They hope to complete an initial version of the software in a month.
The software is designed to store copies of all the images police find, creating a searchable database that can help them uncover similarities between cases. It can also analyze pictures and classify those that are child pornography, largely automating a job that consumes a huge amount of police labor.”