Politics

by Mike Masnick


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andrew cuomo, isp blocking, porn



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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    D, 11 Jun 2008 @ 5:42pm

    pure pandering

    Yet another example of a good idea gone entirely wrong. Legislators are almost universally stupid about regulating the internet. And this proves it. They'll be just as successful stopping this as they were at stopping spam. Zilch. But they never ask advice from anyone who actually knows something about internet technology.

    Or better yet, maybe they did secretly ask some bright people, but then ignored them anyway, and instead opted to pander to their precious little nervous voters.

    Way to go!

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