Using technology proactively to identify inappropriate images and video online

Amersham, UK – Wednesday June 26, 2013 – Can technology provide an answer in the heated debate that has arisen in recent weeks over how to control inappropriate explicit sexual images and video content on the Internet? UK technology developer Image Analyser (www.image-analyzer.com) believes it can and is offering interested vendors, internet service and content providers a free trial of Image Analyzer technology.

The recent agreement between the Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, and large internet firms such as Microsoft, Google and Twitter is a welcome step forward in the battle to make the Internet safer for children, resulting in increased resources and powers for the Internet Watch Foundation (www.iwf.org.uk) to proactively search out abusive images online.

Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, has added to the debate by asserting that many of the large internet companies “are masquerading as technology companies” and they need to take more responsibility for the content they are making available online. Many of the internet companies state that they only provide access to, and do not generate the content.  What is clear is that technology needs to step up to provide some solutions.

As a partner of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) for over five years, Image Analyser (www.image-analyzer.com) wholly supports the measures announced by the Culture Secretary, encourages the debate and believes that innovative technology has a vital role to play in evaluating the likelihood that online content contains inappropriate image and video content.

When deployed as a proactive measure Image Analyzer technology acts as a web harvester, trawling its way through many thousands of images and videos returning risk scores indicating the probability of the content being pornographic. Once identified, search engines, image and video hosting sites, parents and minors can make informed choices about what online image and video content is made available.

Image Analyzer is currently deployed in association with other security technologies by over 30 IT Security vendors and can act as an effective tool to manage offensive image and video material online.

For more information on Image Analyzer technology and for further details of our offer of a free trial, interested internet service and content providers should email info@image-analyzer.com