Technologists Advise at White House in Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

Technologists Advise at White House in Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking

by Sarah Cortes-On Tuesday, the White House invited technologists from all over the world to brief senior staff on the use of technology to combat human trafficking. The White House conducted the briefing as part of its Human Trafficking Task Force. Human trafficking is described as modern day slavery.
Dr. Steven Chan, a Chief Technology Officer/Research Fellow within the Department of Comparative Media Studies at MIT and Andrew Lewman, Executive Director of the Tor Project were among the invited technologists.

Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the Task Force first on Tuesday morning in the White House briefing room. He noted an estimate of 27 million individuals believed held in modern day slavery due to Human Trafficking, a White House and Obama priority, Holder stated.

Janet Napolitano next requested feedback on the draft action plan from those attending.