Helping Faceless

We combat child trafficking using data + face-recording

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shashank_singhMaker@shashank_singh · Helping Faceless
As a Nine year old, in early 90’s , an attempt was made to kidnap me. Although I was saved by a good samaritan the culprit was never caught. Every 8 minutes a child goes missing in india. I want to take this spirit of helping others and really scale it .
Sean Percival@percival
You're tackling a real and big problem so I salute you for that. However once you have collected data how can it be used to help these kids?
shashank_singhMaker@shashank_singh · Helping Faceless
@Percival Thanks for checking us out. We have tie up with Non-governmental organization like S.O.C.H who have ~4 year experience in child rehabilitation . Child rehabilitation is a complex issue, specially mired with cultural and social roadblocks, S.O.C.H help us navigate around them and really provide them help. *S.O.C.H : https://www.facebook.com/sochfor... . Moreover we have broken our mission into two: * Short term goal ( next 1-2 years ): Help missing and rescued children and keep collecting "publicly available" data with strategic partnerships with Government of India and other Government organizations. * Long term goal ( 3-5 years) : Combat child trafficking using face recognition technology and data analytics. We will provide technology solutions to organizations who work in Anti-Trafficking. The solutions will help them collect and analyze data, over time, from photographs and locations, resulting in pattern recognition.
Sieva KozinskyHiring@sievakozinsky · CEO, StudySoup
Wow this is amazing - crowdsourcing millions, maybe billions of people towards a really important cause. Goodluck!
shashank_singhMaker@shashank_singh · Helping Faceless
@sievakozinsky Thanks man. We really need exposure on global scale and we have been leveraging social media as much as we can with our limited manpower. if you are interested to know more, "Youth Ki Awaaz" gave us a nice coverage . * www.youthkiawaaz.com/2014/08/nex... Or if you want to see how we are using Ruby on Rails + Python to fight trafficking * http://machinelearningmastery.co...
Sean Percival@percival
Help me understand the tech being used/built. Seems it would difficult to do facial recognition from old photos of kids given how much their appearance can change in just 1-2 years.
shashank_singhMaker@shashank_singh · Helping Faceless
@Percival * We use Ruby on Rails for API Server and Dashboard : http://helpingfaceless.com * Python for Analytics (Numpy / Scipy / timeseries / stats modules ) * We are trying to incorporate BigML into our pipeline ( https://bigml.com/ ) to really scale our operation . * We use Apache storm to create a pipeline for information/photo handling ( cropping, face detection, moderation, match-verification-by-human ) * We have an version one android app and are currently building an iOS app. * Currently we use openbr to of face-recognition but will be moving to something better soon. Our Face recognition model for children works best within age group of 9-19 . We verify matches manually and also crowdsource the verification to increase our confidence in the match. So the process goes like this Face Recognition ---(match)-----> crowdsourced verification through app -----(top 20%) ------> manually verify ------> create automatic report to be sent to NGO's You can read more about our tech here: www.http://machinelearningmaster...
Sean Percival@percival
Do you have any questions for me?
shashank_singhMaker@shashank_singh · Helping Faceless
@Percival " We know we are uniquely placed product, and its has been a challenge to figure out a viable business model around it. Our idea is to create a SAAS business model for organization working in anti-trafficking (250+) to share data 'safely' and use our face-recognition/child-tracking pipeline. In your viewpoint does it sounds like a viable plan? "
Sean Percival@percival
@shashank_singh I think the challenge with those organizations is they might not have much budget and potentially move verrrrrry slow. I think it's worth pursuing but in parallel I would also think about how you can get some community behind this to raise $$$. Charity Water is probably the best example of this. I would also wonder how microtransactions can exist in this app. Maybe that's a virtual currency to incentivize users and create liquidity for you.
shashank_singhMaker@shashank_singh · Helping Faceless
@Percival Thanks , we agree . Not sure about crowdsourcing because that would be one-shot thing? But lately, we have been toying with an concept of virtual currency called "karma" and were thinking of tying up with social networks/ e-commerce portal to back it up. Sort of like "commodity virtual currency". Moreover our tie-up with Kairos API ( http://www.kairos.com/ ) , provides us unique opportunity to help them make their face-recongiton even better through human feedback.
Sean Percival@percival
@shashank_singh Yes not crowdsourcing but an ongoing way for people to contribute. Perhaps subscription based or in-app purchases. For virtual currency tools check out Koinify or CounterParty.
shashank_singhMaker@shashank_singh · Helping Faceless
Thanks @Percival Checking it out. This discussion has really a correct direction to think into. Would it be okay if we can run our ideas by you ?