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Professor Villasenor Presents Report Aimed at Preventing Online Child Exploitation

John VillasenorJohn Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering and public policy, recently presented the findings of a task force formed to address ways of ensuring that information technology is not misused to exploit children.

Villasenor is the vice-chair of the Digital Economy Task Force, which was convened by the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and Thomson Reuters. The task force’s report, "The Digital Economy: Potentials, Perils and Promises," recognizes the many positive applications of digital technology, while also noting that it can be misused for unlawful purposes. The report addresses what it calls "a new, unregulated, unbanked, largely anonymous Internet-based financial system" that has facilitated "the emergence of hidden marketplaces, alternate payment systems and digital currencies that are being used for illegal activities, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children."

Villasenor presented the report in Washington, D.C. at an event hosted by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as at the National Press Club. The report includes recommendations for policymakers, financial institutions, law enforcement and others to promote the lawful use of the digital economy while combating illicit use.

Re-posted from UCLA Today, March 5, 2014, Authored by: Maggie Sharpe

 

 

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