“NGOs had strategies that were pretty effective but no way to scale them.”The pair’s initiative first took shape when they entered the philanthropic category of Microsoft’s annual week-long hackathon in 2012.
They used the company’s Azure cloud platform to build an improved version of Microsoft technology called Photo DNA that automatically detects and reports images of child exploitation.
Before long, 40 colleagues had joined to volunteer on the project.
Photo DNA is now used by more than 70 companies and organizations, including Facebook and Twitter.
hristopher Russell owned a small bar in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, but, like a lot people these days, figured he had better odds hooking up online.