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Last year MySpace made headlines when they announced they had partnered with Sentinel Tech Holding Corp. of Miami to build and deploy a database containing the names and physical descriptions of convicted sex offenders in the U.S.

John Cardillo, MySpace’s CEO, said image-recognition software and other techniques were being considered to spot sex offenders who did not use their real names. In an interesting twist, the Times Online is reporting the use of facial recognition technology by Authorities in their search for Madeleine McCann.

Officers in Portugal are said to be working on the assumption that the girl was abducted “to order” by an international paedophile network.Paedophiles use the internet to exchange sexually explicit images of children, often within minutes of grabbing a victim.

Last year when Bryan Dossantos-Gomes was allegedly abducted in Florida, one of the theories Police focused on was he was abducted as payment for his parents illegally entering the United States. They even named a person of interest, Valter Ceolho, an alleged enforcer for an international human smuggling ring. He was later scheduled to be deported. Bryan remains missing.

Technology may help find Madeleine regardless of the theory Police pursue.

“Even if a suspect has changed their appearance there are four or five points of a human’s face that will never change, no matter how much cosmetic surgery they have had, and the computer will look for this and match it with a picture on the web. “If there is an image of Madeleine on a website, and it is a picture maybe taken from a newspaper, then experts can try and find that exact picture using different software

 

Update 05-16-07:

A Russian computer expert interviewed by Portuguese detectives investigating the abduction of Madeleine McCann insisted today he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Sergey Malinka, 22, designed a website for Anglo-Portuguese man Robert Murat, who was named this week as the first “arguido” or suspect in the case.

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