Groundbreaking tool to remove online child sexual abuse material

Project Arachnid

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has developed a new tool to combat the growing proliferation of child sexual abuse material on the Internet. This automated crawler, called Project Arachnid, helps reduce the online availability of child sexual abuse material and break the cycle of abuse.

Project Arachnid detects images and videos based on confirmed digital fingerprints of illegal content. This innovative tool detects content at a speed exponentially faster than current methods. Over only a six week period, Project Arachnid:

  • Processed over 230 million web pages
  • Detected over 5.1 million unique web pages hosting child sexual abuse material
  • Detected over 40,000 unique images of child sexual abuse

When child sexual abuse material is identified, a notice is sent to the hosting provider to request its immediate removal.

The need for Project Arachnid was based upon witnessing the growing proliferation of child sexual abuse material and was further validated by the Canadian Centre’s International Survivors’ Survey.