We are privileged to be in a position to aid in vital projects that are having such a huge impact on the world and the people living in it. Below you can read about some of them.
Supporting government ministries
Partnering with leading regulators
The Bright Initiative by Bright Data has recently teamed up with the Market Research Society (MRS) and has become a member of the MRS’s International Affiliate program. MRS is the leading and most experienced professional research regulator in the world, working with government as the sector regulator and with privacy regulators internationally on Fair Data.
Making the internet a safer place for all
abuse.ch is a non-profit project that fights malware and botnets. One of the platforms that abuse.ch operates is URLhaus, where vetted, trusted security researchers can exchange information on sites that are being used for malware distribution. So far, the project has identified and taken down over 1 million sites that are being used by bad actors to spread malware. IT security researchers, vendors, and law enforcement agencies rely on data from abuse.ch, which tries to make the internet a safer place for all.
abuse.ch’s founder, Roman Hussy regularly faced a problem – some of the bad actors try to block automated requests made by URLhaus since this platform regularly checks whether a site is still malicious; it does so by trying to connect to the remote site to check their content. Some bad actors are aware of this process and attempt to block those requests by URLhaus. As a result, these malicious websites did not appear on its list of potential security threats. They passed as if they were legitimate sites when, in fact, they were clearly not.
abuse.ch uses Bright Data’s platform, as part of The Bright Initiative, to track these bad actors’ sites and provide this valuable data for free to the community so they can protect themselves from threats originating from these websites.
Once a website is identified, abuse.ch immediately publishes the information on the project website where security researchers, security solutions vendors, or law enforcement teams can use this information and take action. This includes legal action as well as using the information to protect their own networks and users from these proven threats. This data is available for free for everyone to use. In fact, it protects millions of users and anyone can access it and download it to protect themselves.
These datasets are used very broadly by open-source tools, for example, and also by DNS service/software providers like Cloudflare or Quad9. Using these datasets in such a way clearly protects and saves millions from cybersecurity threats.
Ensuring the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for all Americans
Facilitating workplace diversity
Mathison’s first-of-its-kind innovative all-in-one system manages diversity recruiting, strategy measurement, and reporting. The platform centralizes hundreds of inclusive talent networks and uses AI to help employers find candidates for their most important roles. To retain a pool of diverse candidates, Mathison gives employers a single place to manage their diversity hiring activities.
This includes sourcing diverse candidates; reducing bias in job descriptions; candidate selection and interviews; and mobilizing team members in diversity hiring efforts with tools to build awareness and change behavior. Its clients include companies such as Hello Fresh, TripAdvisor, and Sonos.
Providing a safe haven for abused youth
ELEM was founded 34 years ago in order to protect the fate of youth at-risk in Israel. Since its establishment, ELEM, in cooperation with local authorities and government ministries, has developed unique programs to aid youth in distress, offer support, and raise awareness in the broader community.
One such project is to aid victims of intrafamilial sexual abuse in Israel.
Intrafamilial sexual abuse is a growing concern worldwide. In Israel, one in seven teenagers experiences its harrowing effects. Similar to other forms of abuse, it’s often left unreported, and teenagers are forced to deal with the traumatic effects alone. The Bright Initiative partnered with Elem, an organization dedicated to protecting youth in distress, to address this growing problem. Elem discovered that abused youth often leave digital footprints in order to be traced, yet they were challenged in implementing a system to track them efficiently.
Elem is now developing a machine learning system, trained with social media profiles of previously abused youth. Using Bright Data’s technology, thanks to The Bright Initiative, they’re able to collect massive amounts of public, openly available social media data to feed the system, which then detects profiles with similar characteristics. From there, the organization will reach out to the suspected abused individuals, and offer help and support in finding them alternative housing solutions and rehabilitation programs.
Fighting human trafficking
The Bright Initiative by Bright Data has become an MRS International Affiliate. Huge thanks for your commitment to our ethical code!
Jane Frost - CBE - CEO of Market Research Society (MRS)
By using Bright Data’s services, thanks to The Bright Initiative, I can overcome the bad actors’ methods and identify and differentiate the bad sites from the good ones. This obviously also helps the community – by letting them know about current cyber threats.
Roman Hussy, Founder of abuse.ch
The Bright Initiative by Bright Data has been an extremely valuable partner in helping us meet our growing demands for online data, as we’re able to outsource our data collection and management efforts. Without their technology, we’d be forced to build and maintain datasets manually every time we partner with a new company, which would take time and resources away from our team’s ultimate goal of matching underrepresented talent with their dream jobs.
Dave Walsh, Co-founder, and CEO of Mathison
The Bright Initiative by Bright Data has helped us scale our ability to perform automated online data collection (or in our case “creation”) for our automated COVID-19 vaccine appointment checker.
David Newell, Founder of FindAShot.org
With cases of sexual abuse by family members increasing, we desperately wanted to help the growing number of victims in any way we could, and aid them back into rehabilitation. In order to do this, we need access to massive amounts of public online data to feed our machine learning system, currently in development. Without The Bright Initiative, and Bright Data’s technology, it would never have been possible.
Smadar Ben Ami, ELEM