How Cuomo's Anti-Child Porn Efforts Will Make The Child Porn Problem Worse

from the driving-it-underground dept

In discussing NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's success in getting ISPs to block a list of child porn sites and newsgroups, we noted that it wouldn't do a damn thing to stop child porn. The reality is that it may actually make the problem worse. It turns out that these efforts to make it harder to access child porn have serious unintended consequences: basically, those involved with child porn still have plenty of ways to access it, but it's much more underground than before. It makes it that much harder for law enforcement officials to track down those actually responsible and to stop child porn at its source. Again, it's a noble goal to try to stop child porn, but making ISPs block access to sites isn't the answer. And, the fact that those ISPs are admitting that they're blocking more than just the list makes those unintended consequences even worse. What Cuomo has done is make it harder to stop child pornography while also opening the door to others censoring the internet.

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    John (profile), 11 Jun 2008 @ 4:11pm

    Can we get some more detail...

    Can we get some more detail about this "blocking list"? The main question is this: how often is the list updated? Or will it be just as (non) effective as blocked spammer's e-mail addresses?
    Sure, the list may block "" (like the site would really have a domain name this obvious), but what's to stop the site-admins from creating a new site called ""? Then, when that site is put on the list, they simply create a new domain name?

    The legislators should be taking a different approach: if they made it easier for these kinds of sites to be found, then the site-owners would be found... and it would be a whole lot easier to arrest them.

    But, as usual, it's easier to fix the symptom than it is to go after the root problem.

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