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How Many Years a Slave?

Each year, human traffickers reap an estimated $32 billion in profits from the enslavement of 21 million people worldwide. And yet, for most of us, modern slavery remains invisible. Its victims, many of them living in the shadows of our own communities, pass by unnoticed. Polaris Project, which has been working to end modern slavery [...]

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New Office for NCMEC, New Possibilities

We officially welcomed our long-time partner The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to Palo Alto last Thursday. Since 1984, NCMEC has worked tirelessly to protect children throughout the country from abduction and exploitation. It is a mission that we are extremely proud to support by donating  our software and engineering expertise. Though [...]

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How we’re building an information infrastructure for Typhoon Haiyan response operations

Typhoon Haiyan has claimed the lives of thousands and displaced millions more. Along with other aid organizations from around the world, our disaster response partners Team Rubicon and Direct Relief have mobilized to provide relief to those affected by the storm, and we’ve been working closely with them to support their efforts. On Veterans Day [...]

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C4ADS and the Odessa Network: Understanding Illicit Networks Using Palantir Gotham

C4ADS has been in the spotlight lately. A front-page story in a recent Sunday edition of the Washington Post highlighted the D.C.-based organization’s data-driven research into illicit networks trafficking weapons and other goods throughout various conflict zones. Over the past year, their research into enablers of conflict has led them on a path of analysis from illegal shipments of [...]

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One year after Sandy, revolutionizing disaster response with CGI, Team Rubicon, and Direct Relief

To mark the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, we prepared a short video in partnership with CGI.

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Detecting Human Rights Violations Using Medium Resolution Imagery

Dr. Andrew Marx of the US Department of State and a fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide, developed a novel method for analyzing archived data from NASA’s Landsat ETM+ mission to better understand when and where specific villages were destroyed in the Darfur conflict from 2003-08. This study [...]

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HuffPost Live: fighting human trafficking through better data analysis

Human trafficking is a global problem involving the deception, enslavement, labor and sexual exploitation of vulnerable people. While human traffickers are avid users of technologies like social networking sites to find and target victims, technology is also playing an important role in enabling anti-trafficking organizations to combat the problem. The fight against human trafficking is [...]

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Discussing technology and atrocity prevention in Tanzania

Our Philanthropy Engineering team is proud to support a number of non-profits that are working to prevent atrocities. Our partners are contributing to real-time early warning and prevention of violence against civilians, using open source data-driven analysis to identify those financing and otherwise enabling atrocities, and helping to tell the story of mass atrocities occurring [...]

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How the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children uses data to find and protect children

We’ve been working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for three years now, and their tireless dedication to protecting children continues to inspire us every day. We recently made a short video that tells the story of our partnership. NCMEC analysts describe how Palantir Gotham helps them make sense of all their data [...]

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Team Rubicon: using Palantir to improve disaster recovery

Team Rubicon’s William Gauntner uses Palantir Mobile client to provide immediate data to relief agencies in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma. Time’s Nation blog just published a piece describing the work of Team Rubicon in Moore, Oklahoma in the wake of the powerful tornado that created a swath of devastation on May 20, 2013. Entitled, “How Vets and [...]

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