Data can help fight human trafficking, here’s how

Posted: March 20, 2014 by cltromley in General

Gigaom

Google Ideas — Google’s think tank around human repression — has a mission statement to use data and technology to enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict and instability, explained Google Ideas Product Manager Justin Kosslyn at Gigaom’s Structure Data conference in New York on Wednesday. Essentially, they’re using data to do good.

When it comes to accessing this type of data from shady underground networks of human trafficking and violence cycles in conflict zones, it can be particularly hard to find, analyze and make this data actionable. But Kossyln says that one source of data that is particularly illuminating — as well as helpful for victims of these crimes — is hot lines. Hotlines can help victims directly, generate data points that yield insights and also create a positive feedback loop that builds trust in communities.

Polaris Project

He’s a convert because the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline

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