Ashton Kutcher Brings Awareness to Child Exploitation


Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur. He gained fame for his role as Michael Kelso in the television sitcom "That '70s Show." Kutcher has since appeared in numerous films and television shows, including "Dude, Where's My Car?," "The Butterfly Effect," and "Two and a Half Men."
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Apart from his acting career, Kutcher is also a successful entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded the venture capital firm A-Grade Investments, which has invested in several prominent technology companies such as Skype, Airbnb, and Uber. Kutcher is known for his interest in technology and has been actively involved in various tech startups over the years.

One of his notable initiatives is Thorn, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore in 2009. Its primary mission is to combat child sexual exploitation and human trafficking through the innovative use of technology.
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Thorn works collaboratively with various partners, including law enforcement agencies, NGOs, technology companies, and other organizations in the fight against online child sexual abuse. The organization's approach is multi-faceted, focusing on victim identification, deterrence, and supporting survivor recovery.One of Thorn's key initiatives is building and deploying cutting-edge technology tools to aid in the identification and rescue of victims.

Their flagship software tool is called Spotlight, which assists law enforcement agencies in prioritizing leads based on online advertisements that may involve child exploitation. Spotlight uses machine learning and data analysis to help identify potential victims and direct law enforcement resources effectively.Thorn also believes in the power of partnerships and collaborations to make a lasting impact. The organization actively engages with technology companies to encourage the development of safer online platforms. By providing expertise and guidance, Thorn helps these companies implement measures that protect children from exploitation on their platforms.
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Additionally, Thorn has created various programs and campaigns to raise awareness, educate the public, and advocate for legislative changes. Through initiatives like Stop Sextortion and Safer, Thorn aims to empower individuals, families, and communities to recognize the signs of child exploitation, take preventive measures, and report any suspicious activities.The work of Thorn is instrumental in leveraging technology to combat the ever-evolving threats of child sexual exploitation and human trafficking. By addressing these issues through a multidimensional approach, Thorn strives to create a safer digital environment for children and bring perpetrators to justice while supporting survivors on their journey to recovery.

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