ITU together with the UNICEF Innovation Fund, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and Giga, just launched a call for frontier technology startups creating solutions for Child Online Safety.
ITU is seeking open-source (or willing to be open-source) machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, or extended reality with an existing prototype that has been started in one of UNICEF’s program countries.
The hope is to support in particular women, young entrepreneurs, and innovators from developing countries. Read More.
Up to USD $100,000 of equity-free seed investment from UNICEF’s Innovation Fund is available for companies building software solutions that respond to the four broad categories of digital risks:
- Content risks: age-inappropriate content, pornography, violence, discriminatory or hateful content, extremism, or content that endorses risky or unhealthy behaviors
- Contact risks: child sexual exploitation, grooming, stalking, sextortion, blackmail, and harassment
- Conduct risks: bullying, sexting, revenge porn, data misuse, financial abuse, and inappropriate behavior
- Contract risks: children’s consent online
This link has more on the areas of particular interest in investing in, together with the selection criteria and additional non-monetary benefits provided.
The deadline for application submission is 20 December 2020.