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Be careful with choosing keywords!

We've been working with FrontlineSMS (FLSMS) and Twilio to support SMS-based digital outreach with a community partner in Edmonton.  FLSMS is a cloud-based SMS client and database.  Twilio is a gateway service that relays SMS to/from FLSMS. Using this combination of services, we set up a keyword-based subscription service that would make it easy for the [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|FrontlineSMS, SMS|

Text message hotline for human trafficking victims now state law – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

California will be introducing a law to require that human trafficking hotlines to include a text messaging option.  The project will include a short code BE-FREE (233-733) for reporting by text message. Source: Text message hotline for human trafficking victims now state law – Santa Clarita Valley Signal

By | October 11th, 2017|Human trafficking, SMS, text messaging|

Cryptocurrencies and human trafficking

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are now being used in an effort to sidestep efforts to ban advertising of adult services on websites like Backpage.com.  An article earlier this year in Coindesk.com describes an anti-money laundering effort in Canada that is attempting to identify possible cases of human trafficking: Initially, the group of banks, advisory firms and tech [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|research, resources, Uncategorized|