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.
Virtual Reality Taxi Trips in NYC
Interactive 3D Visualization of High-Density Plots
What if you could move freely through Manhattan and watch every licensed taxi pick up and drop off every one of its passengers at the same time? What movement patterns would you see? That’s what we aimed to find out by extending our Salt library to plot high-density New York City traffic data in three dimensions.
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.