Technology Coalition Track


The conference is proud to have the Technology Coalition meet at the conference each year. Members of the Technology Coalition who attend and sponsor the conference include:

Google, Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Yahoo! Inc.

The Technology Coalition Track

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Offer a forum for the tech industry at-large to discuss topics related to fighting online child sexual exploitation while setting standards for action-oriented collaboration.


Morning Sessions - Industry Only
Room: Majestic 4 & 5 (37th Floor)

8:00 - 9:00 am - Networking Breakfast in the VIP Dining Room (optional)

9:00- 9:45 am - Industry Only | Room: Majestic 4&5

Topic 1: Going Viral

Child abuse material that is shared quickly, widely, and not always for child abuse purposes has become a big challenge for industry over the last few years. In this session, companies will share their insights into this trend and discuss industry practices and protocols related to the moderation and reporting of this content.

Andrea Kirkpatrick and Sev Guardado, Facebook
Maiga Pier Schmidt, Google
Jordan Benavidez, Twitter

9:45 – 10:30 am - Industry Only | Room: Majestic 4&5

Topic 2: Reviewer Consistency

This session will review quality evaluation methods and calibration processes. Also the automation process will be examined– at what point does a company switch from manual review to automated review? Are there tips that companies can share on how they feed their automation process? This session will also address quality of hashes – how do companies approach industry classification and what are some guidelines they observe in their policies?

Mary deBree and Sev Guardado, Facebook
Maiga Pire Schmidt, Google
Damien Vaught, Microsoft

10:30 – 10:45 am - Industry Only | Room: Majestic 4&5

Topic 3: Tech Coalition Project Update

Updates on Tech Coalition projects: the search for a video hashing standard; the cross- platform abuse project and a kick-off discussion about adding a new axis in the classification system.

Travis Bright, Google
Einat Clarke, Google

10:45 to 11:00 am - Break

11:00 to 11:45 am - Industry Only | Room: Majestic 4&5

Topic 4: NGO Update

Fred Langford, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) – IWF Portals and Hash List
Mark Gianturco, John Shehan, NCMEC – NCMEC’s 2020 Technology Strategy, Arachnid and Palantir
Leah Treitman,THORN – Innovation Lab

11:45 am to 12:30 pm - Industry Only | Room: Majestic 4&5

Topic 5: What to Expect When You First Turn On PhotoDNA

Panelists will share their experiences as they were “turning on” PhotoDNA, as well as the outcome of doing a massive back-scan of existing content. The session will include a discussion of what went well, the challenges faced and the lessons learned.

Mary Wirth, Adobe
Chengos Lim, Dropbox
Andy Scheff, Dropbox
Ben Butler, Go Daddy
Lisa van Heugten, Kik

12:30 - 1:15 pm - Industry Only | Room: Majestic 4&5

Topic 6: PhotoDNA in the Cloud (Lunch will be provided)

Microsoft and some of the early adopters will review the process of moving hash matching to the cloud.

Mike McCarter, Microsoft
Courtney Gregoire, Microsoft

1:15 to 1:45 pm - Break

Afternoon Sessions - Open to All Attendees

1:45 – 3:30 pm - Open to All Attendees | Room: Austin 2

Topic 7: Start-up Service Providers: The Perspective From Both Sides

Child sexual exploitation content finds its way to a wide variety of online platforms. There are unique challenges to combating this material for service providers who are new to the space. Law enforcement also faces challenges in investigating cases on an ever-increasing area of products and services. This moderated panel discussion seeks to share the perspectives of both the service providers and law enforcement.

Moderator: Matt Dunn, Homeland Security Investigations

Mary Wirth, Adobe
Andrea Kirkpatrick, Facebook
Michael Prado, Homeland Security Investigations
Lisa van Heugten, Kik
Matt Wolozyn, LinkedIn
Julie Kindle, Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

3:30 - 4:45 pm - Open to All Attendees | Room: Austin 2

Topic 8a: Technology Trends (what is the new evil on the Internet?)

This session will review current and future trends in Internet technology with a focus on technical issues that can have an impact on Internet criminal investigations. Topics to include the growth in end-to-end encryption, persistent monitoring, IPv6, NAT, CGN, the "Internet of Things", TOR, the rise of "2 factor authentication", and the growth of "multipathing." This presentation is designed for anyone who wants to know where the Internet is going.

Ben Butler, GoDaddy
Chris Roosenraad

3:30 - 4:45 pm - Open to All Attendees | Room: Dallas D1

Topic 8b: Get to Know the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online

Protecting children online is a critical goal we all share. Now, thanks to bold efforts by the U.K. and UAE governments, numerous NGOs, and many in industry, we now have a formal organization for coordinating efforts across all sectors to do just that. The WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Abuse Online is the new, combined entity formed by the U.K.-led WePROTECT Children Online initiative and the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online. Whether you are a member of law enforcement, a new industry player, or part of a child protection NGO, come learn how you and your organization can join the WePROTECT Global Alliance and help make a difference on a global stage on this important issue.

Einat Clark, Google
Fred Langford, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft
Anjan Bose, UNICEF
Steve Grocki, U.S. Dept. of Justice

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Evening Networking Event: Join the Technology Coalition for snacks, beer and soft drinks.