Rebecca Sorla Portnoff (née Pottenger)

Rebecca Sorla Portnoff (n‌‌ée Pottenger)

I am a Research and Data Scientist at Thorn. I am also a PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley finishing my dissertation this fall, advised by Dr. David Wagner. My dissertation focuses on using Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to analyze, classify and identify criminal elements on the Dark Net, with a special emphasis on human trafficking and child sexual abuse. In my work, I seek to build tools and techniques that can empower investigators to seek out and find the marginalized children who are exploited, taken advantage of and abused.

Email: rsportnoff@cs.berkeley.edu, rebecca@wearethorn.org

Linked In: Rebecca S. Portnoff

Updates

My Research in the News

Publications

(For citations, see Google Scholar)

2017 2015 2014 2013

Service

NGO and other Anti-Human Trafficking Collaborators

Hobbies

In my free time, I like to sing jazz and play the violin!