A team of university researchers has devised the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information from Bitcoin -- the primary payment method for online sex ads. They found they could identify groups of ads with a common author. They then tested an automated system that utilizes publicly available information from the Bitcoin mempool and blockchain to find connections between ads.
- SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
- Amazon Web Services Cloud Credits for Research, Giant Oak, Google, National Science Foundation, US Department of Education