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Keeping Children Safe in the Age of AI: Examining the risks and benefits of AI implementation for CSE

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Keeping Children Safe in the Age of AI: Examining the risks and benefits of AI implementation for CSE

Our June 2023 Brown Bag event covered the key topic of artificial intelligence (AI) which is currently in the spotlight due to its wide applications across aspects of life such as business, education and law enforcement.

Our presenter, Colm Gannon discussed the regulatory landscape, the risks and the potential harms of AI, especially in the case of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

He also reviewed ways that AI can be positively, safely and successfully applied by law enforcement and the financial services industries in the detection, reporting and prosecution of CSE.

View the recording below.


Your Presenter

Colm Gannon is an AI/Machine Learning expert, working as a Product Manager with Rigr AI in New Zealand. He has over 20 years’ experience in Law Enforcement, involved in national and international investigations and prosecutions relating to online harms, child sexual abuse and exploitation, violent extremism, and harmful online communications.

Over his years of experience, Colm has worked with multi-disciplinary teams in shaping cross-government strategies relating to cybercrime, child protection and developing initiatives to combat various online harms through digital and social campaigns.

Colm has a Master of Science Degree (MSc) from the University College Dublin, Ireland, in Forensic Computing and Cybercrime Investigations and is working with Rigr AI and partners on a project to develop AI and research-led software to assess risk indicators for child abuse funded by the European Commission, bringing a truly global perspective to this international issue for our Australian stakeholders.

Upcoming events

On Thursday, 6th July we will be hosting a virtual panel titled Navigating CSE online, in business and in our communities as part of our exclusive launch of It’s A Penalty’s #KeepKidsSafe campaign. The panel will feature Lisa De Vanna, Jon Rouse, Toby Dagg and Brigette McGuire.

We invite you to join us. Register here.

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