PRN: How Habbo Hotel Proves That Human Moderators Cannot Stop Online Sex Predators
How Habbo Hotel Proves That Human Moderators Cannot Stop Online Sex Predators
LONDON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Last night's Channel 4 News programme highlighted how human moderation techniques are not working, especially for Habbo Hotel, an online game with 10,000,000 monthly unique users.
The Met Police and many other online games for kids have already realised the problems of relying solely on human moderators and have instead opted to employ intelligent technology that has proven to be 98.4% accurate in identifying onlineÂ predators looking for victims, as well as harassment and spamming (Independent tests by Cambridge University).Â
Only last month this new technology, known as Crisp 'Kids & Teens technology' saved the Met police hundreds of man hours searching through chat logs to identify vulnerable targets.
Going further than simple keyword filtering, the technology is able to analyse the behaviour of users.Â Crisp technology intelligently finds the chat that humans need to read and take action on, crucially saving huge amounts of time.
Crisp clients already include: Sony, Ubisoft, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, LEGO, EA, Binweevils, Moshimonsters.
Web safety expert, Adam Hildreth, CEO Crisp Thinking, explains, "How do you protect Kids Online whilst still letting them chat?"Â
Crisp's work with the Met Police
A groundbreaking partnership between law enforcers and Crisp, last month, saved the Metropolitan police hundreds of man hours by sifting through a dangerous paedophile's 5,000 web chats and identifying his vulnerable young targets.
The pilot project used Crisp's 'predator detection' software, its Kids & Teens program, which usually monitors live web chats, to quickly process six years' worth of online grooming history,Â police found onÂ aÂ 46-year-oldÂ sex offender'sÂ computer and flag up the girls - some as young as 10-years-old - he had targeted.Â
Acting Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from the Met'sÂ PaedophileÂ Unit, said: "The message is clear, we will use all lawful methods to capture paedophiles, and we are constantly looking forÂ technological solutions to apprehendÂ the most dangerous offenders and to safeguard the most vulnerable. Â
"We faced a mammoth task in reading through over 5,000 logs, some running to pages. For an officer to manually read every page would have taken a considerable amount of time."
Adam Hildreth invented Crisp's behaviour analysis technology in 2005 as an antidote to simple keyword filtering, which frequently blocks innocent online interactions and consequently drives young users to less restrictive websites that potentially put them in danger.
More information on this case:Â Â http://content.met.police.uk/News/Paedophile-jailed-for-online-grooming/1400008079797/1257246741786
Notes to Editor:
- Independent tests by Cambridge University found Crisp technology to be 98.4% accurate in identifying online predators looking for victims, as well as harassment and spamming.