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Project VIC has created an ecosystem of shared and standardized technologies specifically chosen to combat crimes involving massive amounts of images and video.

Most of these technologies carry with them a payload of data needed to go to their respective repositories. The data are processed using the Project VIC Cloud and redistributed back to the greater community working on crimes against children. Every day, the Project VIC Cloud is securely processing and combining millions of data signatures related to images and videos that are being seized from the field.

The Project VIC data model, known as VICS, and has become a standardized model for exchanging information from tools and services specializing in this fight against child abuse.

VICS a private, open source data model based on (OASIS) Standards.

VICS is actively managed by Project VIC technical experts from the community. The community collects proposed changes as needed and proceeds with community consensus on informational value-adds to the model.


So with advanced data algorithms, massive amounts of data and a distribution network to get this information to front line investigators, Project VIC is a community fighting child exploitation with technology.

Video Image Classification Standard (VICS)

Project VIC is leading an effort to create a standards-based protocol called Video Image Classification Standard, or VICS. The VICS protocol makes it straightforward to exchange comprehensive sets of hashes domestically and internationally without having to touch or manipulate the data. VICS is based on the OData protocol backed by OASIS. VICS was developed to help police agencies focus on victims and other never-before-seen materials.

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Created by Friend MTS to aid law enforcement in identifying child victims, F1 is a custom technology that helps investigators identify images hidden or obscured in often hard-to-reach video formats. The technology creates a hash of offending video clips that might be a short burst of a child exploitation  video appearing several minutes into another piece of video or movie. F1 allows investigators to crop the abusive material and put it into the cloud, where it can be matched against other video categories.

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PhotoDNA and PhotoDNA for Video

PhotoDNA and PhotoDNA for Video is technology that helps stop child exploitation images/video from being shared online. PhotoDNA technology converts images into a common black-and-white format and uniform size, then divides the image into squares and assigns a numerical value that represents the unique shading found within each square. Together, those numerical values represent the “PhotoDNA signature” or “hash” of an image, which can then be compared against signatures of other images. While the technology cannot be used to identify a person or object in an image, nor can it be used to recreate an image, it can be used to find copies of a given image with incredible accuracy and at scale across the 1.8 billion images shared online every day, even when the images themselves have been altered.

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