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Here in the press room at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum, the TV set is tuned to CNN and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and others just got through announcing arrests in a child pornography sting.

Yesterday, Paul Gillespie, the officer in charge of the child exploitation section of the Toronto Police Service, described to forum delegates the information sharing network that was behind today's arrests. (The system got off the ground after Gillespie sent an e-mail to Bill Gates in 2003 essentially saying his group wasn't making much headway in fighting child exploitation and wanted to explore a new technology solution.)

Today the Child Exploitation Tracking System is used by 27 police services in Canada (with 18 more coming online, Gillespie said) and is branching out to other countries, including the U.S. It's built around XML-based Web services, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, Windows SharePoint Services and SQL Server.

Gillespie said his group is now looking to integrate the Groove platform into CETS to enable secure collaboration on child exploitation cases. Microsoft acquired Groove about a year ago.

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on Mar 15, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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