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Prime Minister learns how InfoLab21 spin-out company technology protects children online

Child protection technology developed by Lancaster University researchers has been showcased to Prime Minister David Cameron, Home Secretary Theresa May, and delegates from more than 50 countries.

Appearing at the WeProtect Children Online Summit at Lancaster House on December 10 and 11, Relative Insight executives, Dr James Walkerdine and Ben Hookway, demonstrated technology first developed within Lancaster’s School of Computing and Communications that can uncover criminals masquerading as children by analysing language used online.

Dr James Walkerdine said: “We’ve been closely involved with the WeProtect initiative over the last year, and it was great to be able to showcase some of our child protection technologies directly to the Prime Minister and other delegates.

“We are now working with our partners at Dell, Visa and BAE to turn the proof of concept into a concrete solution to help protect children when they are online.”

Relative Insight, which is based in offices at Lancaster University’s InfoLab21, was established by former Lancaster University researchers Dr James Walkerdine and Dr Phil Greenwood to commercialise the crime-fighting technology. In addition to working with law enforcement, Relative Insight works with brands and agencies to analyse all language associated with an organisation and examine how it resonates with their key audiences.

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Thu 08 January 2015