Trilateral Research invited to present CESIUM at DASA’s 2024 Security Showcase

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Date: 17 May 2024

Trilateral Research’s Director of Sociotech Innovation Dr Hayley Watson and Client Relationship Lead Gavin Day attended this year’s invitation-only Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Security Showcase to present CESIUM – Trilateral’s groundbreaking child safeguarding AI solution.

Held on Thursday 16 May at The Oval, London, the event brought together a number of innovations funded by government through DASA to showcase the work that has been produced. CESIUM, co-designed with Lincolnshire Police, was conceived in 2018; a result of subject matter experts in Trilateral identifying the critical need for change in the approach to child safeguarding in the UK.

Presenting to around 150 government officials from various security agencies and departments, Dr Hayley Watson explained how DASA funding had assisted in the innovation and advancement of sociotechnical methods resulting in Trilateral’s development of CESIUM and Honeycomb designed to transform the UK’s safeguarding in terms of child exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery. Hayley went on to outline the public sector challenges to AI adoption and the risks this brings in terms of driving innovation into operations via commercial uptake. Crucially, how this affects the UK safeguarding professionals ability to procure, understand and deploy cutting edge technology to help the most vulnerable in our society.

With a background in data protection, cybersecurity and emerging technology, Trilateral was, and is, in a unique position to support the fundamental changes needed in the way data is collated and analysed in child-safeguarding partnerships. Consistently identified as a key point of failure in child safeguarding cases, developing innovative data sharing measures and insights based on those is core to CESIUM’s success.

On the continuing success of CESIUM and its innovative approach to child safeguarding, Gavin Day commented:

With a background in data protection, cybersecurity and emerging technology, Trilateral was, and is, in a unique position to support the fundamental changes needed in the way data is collated and analysed in child-safeguarding partnerships. Consistently identified as a key point of failure in child safeguarding cases, developing innovative data sharing measures and insights based on those is core to CESIUM’s success, and the reason it has received DASA funding throughout.

 

 

On why DASA funding continues to be critical for the development of CESIUM, Dr Hayley Watson, Trilateral’s Director of Sociotech Innovation, commented:

Support from DASA has been key to the development of Trilateral’s sociotech methods to deliver responsible AI to those public sector bodies responsible for public security. Today we have provided an overview of our experience of working with DASA and some of the key challenges we have experienced in transitioning (successful) innovation to a product that can be taken-up operationally. It is our view that these challenges can be overcome. We will continue to work with visionary Senior Leaders to deliver responsible AI that can transform the safeguarding of children.

 

 

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