Collective Liberty was featured in The Washington Post Magazine the week of the previously scheduled 2020 SXSW Pitch Competition, where Collective Liberty was scheduled to pitch as one of 5 finalists in the Social and Culture category. This honor, to be included amongst the top .5% of global applicants is a testament to our innovative, tech-driven solutions to stopping human trafficking.
Collective Liberty helps law enforcement by compiling a massive amount of data — from court documents, news reports, Freedom of Information Act requests, prostitution websites and firsthand survivor accounts — into a web-based tool. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, Collective Liberty’s systems find connections among people, bank accounts and past prosecutions, building rough sketches of criminal networks involved in trafficking. Then, the group hands that information to the police.
Created in 2018, Collective Liberty is already getting noticed for its 21st-century approach to an age-old problem. The company was slated to compete in Austin this month in the worldwide SXSW Pitch competition (until it was canceled because of the coronavirus). Founder Rochelle Keyhan was a bit shocked when the group was announced as a finalist, since the annual tech extravaganza is usually thought of as a showcase more for the Snapchats and Ubers of the world. “I still haven’t fully processed it,” Keyhan told me in February. “We’re not pitching the next ‘unicorn’ idea. … The shock, I guess, comes from the validation that we’re doing the right thing.”
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