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2015 Annual Impact Report

Missing and Exploited Children

Over the past year, NCMEC has received nearly 13,000 missing children entries and over 3.6 million CyberTips on suspected child exploitation. Buried deep in the pages of scanned reports, associated images, and range of unstructured data sources are clues that can help law enforcement recover children and bring perpetrators to justice.

Over the past year, we deepened our longstanding partnership with NCMEC to help them conduct deeper investigations and make more successful discoveries.

NCMEC’s Missing Children Division works with agencies to pool their data on missing children, ingest it into Palantir, and tag it to facilitate case review. Among many instances this year, NCMEC used Palantir in the case of two missing children to cross-reference 450,000 cell phone records against additional sources, and illustrate critical relationships to law enforcement partners. They used Palantir to examine information about the disappearance of an eight-year old child in a metropolitan city to create a dense data timeline with records of suspected locations, which suggested new search areas. They even introduced Palantir in an ongoing investigation that began over 25 years ago to sort new data and prioritize new leads.

We also began working with NCMEC’s Child Victim Identification Program, which serves as the central repository for data on child victims depicted in sexually exploitative media. Our team worked alongside NCMEC analysts in the Exploited Children Division to build a tool that helps analysts flag critical information and connect seemingly unrelated cases. While still in the beta testing phase, analysts have already identified connections between two ongoing investigations, including a nexus of international law enforcement, and informed the officers involved to catalyze investigative efforts.

“Palantir was the obvious choice of software because of its ability to ingest a vast amount of unstructured documents and then relay them through link analysis back to additional data. This new workflow has enabled NCMEC to assist law enforcement in developing additional investigative leads.”

– Aravind Venkateswaran (Former Chief Technology Officer, NCMEC)

Urban Resilience

Norfolk, a member of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities, suffers from recurrent flooding and lagging economic development. Without a centralized analytical platform, it’s difficult for city officials to implement and evaluate lasting resilience initiatives.

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