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.
Find out more by clicking the link below about the Safety Tech Challenge Fund and hear from the Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy, Paul Scully MP, who shares his thoughts on the impact of the first Safety Tech Challenge Fund and explains the government’s commitment to becoming a world leader in online safety.
Delivering the projects
Meet the teams
To read the latest updates on the Fund, please see relevant articles below.
CameraForensics, VistalWorks, and the Centre for Factories of the Future have been successful in their bids to participate in the second Safety Tech Challenge Fund which is focusing on tackling the sharing of links to child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Innovation Hub recently provided advice to UK Government’s Safety Tech Challenge Fund participants on key areas of data protection compliance. In this blogpost, ICO shares lessons learned from its participation. The lessons are important to note for developers of Safety Tech and platforms considering the adoption of relevant technology.
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.