Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Twisting the facts to fit the story - child porn nonsense

Kieren McCarthy shows that the media has completely misinterpreted this week's "news" from BT that their Cleanfeed system is blocking three times more attempted accesses to child pornography files than in 2003:

The real story is that the UK has the strongest anti-child porn system and laws in the world. That's a fact. The actual situation is that there is now almost no child porn at all stored on UK computers, that the number of people attempting to access it anywhere on the Internet from this country is tiny, and that figure is most likely going down…

And I absolutely guarantee you that this "huge problem" we have with child porn in the UK will be used by politicians is the not-too-distant future to justify new powers and/or laws that will allow the state to encroach on our right to review the Internet without fear of being monitored.

1 comment:

Watching Them, Watching Us said...

Dr. Richard Clayton from the University of Cambridge
Computer Laboratory has been critically examining the BT CleanFeed scheme:

"The CleanFeed design is intended to be extremely precise in what it blocks, but to keep costs under control this has been achieved by treating some traffic specially. This special treatment can be detected by end users and this means that the system can be used as an oracle to efficiently locate illegal websites. (ie you can use it to look for child pornography) This runs counter to its high level policy objectives."

Why not count each of these "hits" as a "computer crime" ?

Perhaps the Home Office would then focus some resources into this area, instead of wasting billions on OD Card schemes etc.