Samantha Doerr, Public Affairs Manager, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit writes on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog:
In order to effectively solve difficult societal problems, we must first understand them. With the belief that research can open the door to effective interventions in the fight against modern day slavery, in December the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit and Microsoft Research partnered to release a request for proposals from the academic community to better understand the intersection of technology and child sex trafficking. As you may have heard on KUOW this morning, today we are pleased to announce six research teams being awarded $185,000 in funding from Microsoft to advance deeper understanding of the advertising and selling of children and the use of technology by “johns” in the child sex trade, including:
We appreciate everyone who submitted a proposal. More information about those who were awarded grants and their research can be found in blog posts today from Microsoft Research’s danah boyd and Rane Johnson. We are energized by the insights we anticipate will emerge from these researchers’ efforts and look forward to applying the knowledge gained to continue our collaboration with public and private sector leaders to make a substantial difference in the fight against trafficking and child sexual exploitation.
For more information about the problem of human trafficking, visit http://www.polarisproject.org/. To stay up-to-date on the latest developments on Microsoft’s fight against child sexual exploitation and cybercrime, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/dcu or follow the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit on Facebook and Twitter.