Mark Latonero at Social Computing Symposium

Research director Mark Latonero presented at Microsoft Research's 2014 Social Computing Symposium, speaking about CCLP's research on technology and trafficking. MIT Center for Civic Media director Ethan Zuckerman featured Latonero in his write-up on the symposium….

CCLP collaborates to set forth guidelines for technological interventions of human trafficking

In 2011 and 2012 CCLP research director Mark Latonero published two pioneering reports on the role of technology in both facilitating and combatting human trafficking. The issue has been rising steadily on the agenda of policymakers and stakeholders in recent years. Most notably, President Obama and The White House have identified human trafficking as a high-priority human rights imperative, and have advocated specifically for the development of technologies to stop it. In order to facilitate the development of effective technological interventions that are responsive to the realities and complexities of human trafficking, CCLP has worked with partners including Microsoft…

USC Annenberg report reveals mobile as new battleground in fight against sex trafficking

November 13, 2012 – Mobile phones and devices are now being used to traffic minors for commercial sex in the United States. They are among numerous digital channels – including popular social networking sites and online classifieds – facilitating the exploitation of children, according to a newly published report from the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (CCLP) at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The Rise of Mobile and the Diffusion of Technology-Facilitated Trafficking is the latest CCLP research report on the intersection of technology and human trafficking, and the follow-up to CCLP's…

Technology To Fight Human Trafficking: Microsoft Awards Research Grants

CCLP research director Mark Latonero interviewed by NPR Seattle's KUOW News about the recent Microsoft grant allocated to research efforts dedicated to quell the ever rising problem of "Human Trafficking Online." Latonero: "It's my hope that some of the research which is being incubated, really by Microsoft with these grants, actually has that kind of potential in the future." To read the interview in full, please click here. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true};…

Microsoft Names Research Grant Recipients in Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking

CCLP post doc was amongst six research teams awarded $185,000 in funding from Microsoft to advance deeper understanding of the advertising and selling of children and the use of technology by "johns" in the child sex trade. Dr. Jennifer Musto, one of the Microsoft grantees, is part of CCLP's research team writing a follow-up report to be released in the fall. To read Microsoft's announcement in full please click here. var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true};…