Sept. 14, 2021

The Future of Child Abuse Online

The Future of Child Abuse Online

Futurized goes beneath the trends to track the underlying forces of disruption in tech, policy, business models, social dynamics and the environment. I’m your host, Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author.
In episode #105 of the podcast, the topic is: Th...


Futurized goes beneath the trends to track the underlying forces of disruption in tech, policy, business models, social dynamics and the environment. I’m your host, Trond Arne Undheim, futurist and author.

In episode #105 of the podcast, the topic is: The Future of Child Abuse Online. Our guest is Chris Wexler, CEO and co-founder of Krunam.

In this conversation, we talk about the business of removing digital toxic waste from the internet using AI to identify Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM).

The host of this podcast, Trond Arne Undheim, Ph.D is the author of Health Tech: Rebooting Society's Software, Hardware and Mindset--published by Routledge in 2021, Future Tech: How to Capture Value from Disruptive industry Trends--published by Kogan Page in 2021, Pandemic Aftermath: how Coronavirus changes Global Society and Disruption Games: How to Thrive on Serial Failure (2020)--both published by Atmosphere Press in 2020, Leadership From Below: How the Internet Generation Redefines the Workplace by Lulu Press in 2008. For an overview, go to Trond's Books at Trondundheim.com/books

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My takeaway is that Child Abuse Online is a growing problem and there is no simple technology fix. We are dealing with those who push the limits of pornography, one of the most adaptive applications on the internet. Keeping a watchful eye and reporting abuses as we come across them, seems like a sensible approach, supporting businesses such as Krunam, who use AI to fight it, also makes sense. It is encouraging that there now are clever people, technologies, and organizations helping law enforcement with this endemic problem. Regulating the players whose business models touches this area more vigorously would also help.

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Chris Wexler

CEO and co-founder of Krunam

Chris Wexler CEO and co-founder of Krunam, the class image and video classifier of Child Sexual Abuse Materials (CSAM). Krunam is in the business of removing digital toxic waste from the internet using AI to identify CSAM and other indicative content to improve and speed content moderation. Before founding Krunam, Chris established several leading digital MarTech and analytics practices at four different major ad agencies while working with brands such as Microsoft, Harley-Davidson, Chipotle, and General Mills. It was there that Chris has invested over $1B in digital ad spend for clients over his career.