Sunday, February 26, 2006

Massive rise in child porn hysteria

Statistics about the prevelance of child pornography need to be read with extreme care. They are often badly constructed, and almost always deployed in support of a government initiative to "crack down" on the problem.

In this case, pre-publication of Internet Watch Foundation figures seems to be a pre-emptive strike against critics of the Protection of Children Bill. They also seem to be continuing the subtle government campaign to force ISPs to filter access to overseas sites à la BT Cleanfeed, which has its own problems and questionable statistics:

Less than 1 per cent of the sites were located in the UK, highlighting the success of the police and the IWF in countering domestically generated child pornography. But the fact that more than 99 per cent of the illegal images come from overseas raises questions about the ability of the UK authorities to extinguish the problem.

The US police's approach to tackling the problem is unpopular with the IWF, but seems to be a much better long-term solution:

"In America they tend to leave the sites up once they are identified while the police gather evidence for a sting operation. That's a problem for us in the UK, because people continue to access the sites and commit offences."

1 comment:

Fima Fimovich said...

My name is Fima Estrin and I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
I came to US as political refugee on human rights violations in former USSR
I am russian jew, and I got a lot of discrimination in USSR
My parents are Holocaust survivors.
But I got the worst thing in USA, never possible in communist country.
I was set up with my computer, convicted as a s..x offender for computer p..rn.
Now I do not have job and can hardly survive under police database
supervision, named s..x offender registration. Nobody want to hire me,
I think because of police database.
And I have family. Who cares? Dirty polititians are playing their
dirty games for more power.
I would like to send you some links to publications about my criminal
case. I was forced to confess to the
possession of internet digital pictures of p..rn in deleted clusters
of my computer hard drive. My browser was hijacked while I was
browsing the web. I was redirected to illegal sites against my will.
Some illegal pictures were found on my hard drive, recovering in
unallocated clusters, without dates of file creation/download.

I do not know how courts can widely press these charges on people to
convict them, while the whole Internet is a mess.
You can find all links to publications about my case here

http://estrinyefim.newsvine.com/_news/2007/06/23/798199-internet-porn-hysteria