European researchers are developing technology to identify and prevent bullying on the Internet (CREEP), which will go on sale by the end of 2019, according to the website La Tribune.
In 2018, a team of researchers from Germany, France and Italy on assignment for the European Institute of innovation and technology (EIT Digital) is working to develop technology that will prevent harassment in social networks. The project involves psychologists, sociologists, and experts of computer technology.
The technology consists of a system scan texts in social networks, identifying in them the elements of harassment. After a scan, the so-called “virtual assistant”, which is in the form of a chat bot communicates with the victim of persecution, according to the profile that directs the Internet user to the resources necessary to ensure its cyber security.
Computer engineers Elena Cabrio and Serena Villata from the University of the côte d’azur Sophia Antipolis working in the field of artificial intelligence and embody the French branch of this project. They are working on recognition technologies of harassment.
“Cyber bullying involves behavior that is repetitive in regard to one person,” explains Elena Cabrio.
Experts explain that they have developed a tool for automatic scanning operates in a given perimeter, identifies the concentration of messages in the direction of a certain goal, which appear as nodes in the graph. Then, the system conducts a semantic analysis. Most difficult experts call the second phase, which consists of the translation of the results of semantic analysis as digital data. The mass number of messages does not mean cyber bullying. The researchers ‘ task is to make sure that the system was wrong.
“We have to be very precise in order to avoid restarting the reports cyberresearch”, — said Elena Cabrio. At the same time, the high precision can lead to the fact that the system may miss some cases of cyberelease. For this reason, experts have to find a balance in the development of technologies. This helps them to Italian colleagues from the Foundation Bruno Kessler. The famous research centre is coordinating the project with the participation of many doctors in the field of artificial intelligence and sociology.
“Our goal is to offer a finished app by the end of this year and test it in a real environment,” says Enrico Maria Piras, a sociologist from the Foundation Bruno Kessler.
It was expected that the project would be completed in 2018, however, it was decided to extend it for another year and to expand the capabilities of the application so that it can recognize in addition to texts and images. At the end of last year, the technology is already tested in one of the colleges of Trento, where he will have another test, and another in nice.
This tool is primarily targeted at teenagers, who are more likely to use Instagram or Twitter.
“We need to adapt our software so that it is compatible with the policy data of the digital platforms,” says Elena. when she ask about the possibility of using the program in a large social network. Interest in the work of researchers have already expressed Facebook and Instagram.
In recent years the problem of online harassment faced by many users, are seriously engaged not only researchers, but also application developers. 23-year-old Charles Cohen, who for ten years, interested in programming, two years ago launched an app called Bodyguard, which has over 20,000 subscribers, according to the magazine Paris Match. It works in three stages: analyzes words and the context relations between people who exchange emails, and on third stage the developer already directly involved in their sorting.
Users of this app say that it allows you to automatically delete posts that contain insults and violence. At the moment, Bodyguard acts on YouTube. The developer intends to run the app also on Twitter and Instagram.
In France, the persecution of the Inernet punishable as provided in article 222-33-2-2 of the Criminal code: “the Oppression of a man repeating words or behaviour intended or a consequence of the deterioration of their living conditions, leading to the deterioration of his physical or mental health is punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of one year and a fine of € 15,000”.