TellFinder and the Fight Against Human Trafficking
DARPA Memex program search tools characterize potentially illicit online activities
Reporting on DARPA’s efforts to combat human trafficking, a recent Defense.gov post highlights TellFinder, Uncharted’s tool for exposing hidden connections in hard-to-search domain spaces. TellFinder XHT extends to the online escort advertisement domain by allowing investigators to search for identifying attributes that can reveal behaviors and identities of traffickers.
Popular Science Profile Shows TellFinder XHT in Action
Applied to adult services advertisements, TellFinder XHT helps law enforcement investigate human trafficking cases
The Sept-Oct 2016 issue of Popular Science features a profile of Microsoft Principal Researcher and former DARPA program manager, Chris White. The article demonstrates how TellFinder and Aperture Tiles (the original research project from which Salt was developed) can significantly enhance searches in hidden and transient online human trafficking, terrorism, illegal markets, and fraud activity.
Uncharted Visualization Tools Illuminate Dark Web Search Tech
TellFinder and Salt bring "slick" interfaces to hard search problems
TellFinder: In Search of Better Ways to Find Criminal Activity in Massive Web Data
TellFinder aggregates similar content so investigators don't need to click every result
A new Wall Street Journal article describes how TellFinder can drastically simplify searches for illicit behavior online. TellFinder automatically aggregates similar web posts to eliminate the need for investigators to perform highly manual link-by-link examinations of every result.
Searching the Hidden Internet with TellFinder
TellFinder reveals connections and relationships in unstructured big data
A recent Scientific American article details efforts to revolutionize Internet search technology by allowing people to review “deep web” data and search and review results in a fraction of the time. TellFinder, our search tool for finding and visualizing connections in structured and unstructured media stores, was designed to address these goals.