ICMEC - Global Missing Children Network Engine

Country
United States
Sustainable development goals
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Reduced inequality
Project link
https://find.globalmissingkids.org/

About the project

The US-based non-profit organization International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) announced the launch of the GMCNgine, a global platform to help find missing and abducted children. The GMCNgine combines artificial intelligence and digital advertising technology to help locate missing children vulnerable to exploitation, sexual abuse, and trafficking.

More project information

The US-based non-profit organization International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) announced the launch of the GMCNgine, a global platform to help find missing and abducted children. The GMCNgine combines artificial intelligence and digital advertising technology to help locate missing children vulnerable to exploitation, sexual abuse, and trafficking.

The ICMEC has partnered Amazon Web Services, C5, the Motorola Solutions Foundation, Facebook, Web-IQ and Biometrica to develop an innovative, intelligent image search and matching system (GMCNgine) specifically focused on finding missing children. That platform is a centralized platform that uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, and AWS facial recognition technology to scour the general and dark webs for photos of children to compare against images from ongoing cases of missing children from across the globe, providing law enforcement and NGOs with leads on the possible whereabouts of missing children. By integrating new technology, centralizing and comparing data sets across borders and platforms, we are taking static information and making it dynamic — putting it to work so that it is constantly searching to find each missing child. The data on these cases should never sleep, but instead be just like a parent, never stopping and relentlessly searching until their child is found.

The 33 member states of the Global Missing Children Network, which was established in 1998, have free access to the GMCNgine and can upload information about and photographs of missing and abducted children. Access to the platform provides members with the artificial intelligence to generate leads for the whereabouts of missing and abducted children. Additionally, the members can rapidly geo-target distribution of missing children posters.

The GMCNgine allows for people to muster international help as well as a powerful technology to scan through any digital trace of missing or abused children. As such, the project contributes to the SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and the SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions).