Safety Tech Challenge Fund
The Safety Tech Challenge Fund will drive the development of innovative technologies that help keep children safe in end-to-end encrypted environments, whilst upholding user privacy.
Through the Fund, the UK Government has awarded five organisations up to £85,000 each to prototype and evaluate innovative ways in which sexually explicit images or videos of children can be detected and addressed within end-to-end encrypted environments, while ensuring user privacy is respected.
The UK Government is providing an additional ‘stretch funding’ prize pot of £129,500. The winning Challenge Fund projects will be able to bid into this to develop functionality over and above that detailed in their original proposals.
To read the latest updates on the Fund, please see relevant articles below.
In the first project showcase, which took place on 3 February 2022, the five suppliers chosen to take part in the fund presented updates on work in progress to an audience that included Chris Philp, DCMS Minister for Technology and the Digital Economy.
The Government has today (17 November) announced the five projects that have been selected as the winners of the 2021 Safety Tech Challenge Fund. The selected projects will improve the response to child sexual exploitation and abuse online combining innovative approaches developed by safety tech companies, academics and third sector organisations.
Government launches Safety Tech Challenge Fund to tackle online child abuse in end-to-end encrypted services
The Safety Tech Challenge Fund will bring together global experts with funding of up to £85,000 each, to demonstrate how end-to-end encryption can be implemented without opening the door to greater levels of child sexual abuse.