Child Porn Blacklist Group Claims Its Approach Is Working, But There Are Lots Of Questions

from the fun-with-self-reported-statistics dept

The Internet Watch Foundation, keeper of the UK's child-porn blacklist that's used to block access to offending sites (as well as other innocuous ones), has released some new stats saying that it's seen a reduction in the number of child porn sites in the last year. However, sort of like the group's methodology, the figure has quite a few holes. The figure is apparently based on "domains known to the IWF", which is a fairly subjective, and hardly comprehensive, criteria. Also, given the way that the IWF has blocked the likes of Wikipedia and the Internet Archive, how many sites that aren't actually child-porn sites are included in that number? But perhaps more damning is the rest of the report, which highlights just how ineffective the IWF's blacklist really is at tackling the root of the problem. It's well-established that these sorts of filters don't work, despite the IWF implying it can take credit for reducing the number of child porn sites. The IWF says that less than one percent of the sites can be traced to hosts in the UK, and that a huge portion of the commercial sites it's found can be traced back to just ten domain registrars. This illustrates how non-filter solutions, such as working through these registrars to track down child-porn hosts and producers, promise a more effective solution to the real problem -- the production and sharing of the images. Trying to stop consumption via filters really just masks the issue, despite claims that by cutting off demand, the market will shrink. That might work, if the filters actually worked. The IWF does offer some suggestions for more comprehensive solutions to tackle the problem, but as long as it keeps "Public/private partnership involving service providers working through a system of self-regulation" -- basically its current model of getting ISPs to use its blacklist -- at the top of the list, it seems doomed to ineffectiveness.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 30 Apr 2009 @ 10:14pm

    Amazing!

    Isn't that amazing? It gave itself a passing grade!
    /sarcasm

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  2. identicon
    Disgusted, 1 May 2009 @ 12:26am

    Hidden & Blocked _DOES NOT MEAN IT DON'T EXIST_... Any decent proxy would bypass the so called Firewall. I wont go into any more detail on other ways to bypass. I'm sure alot of the readers are already aware of other methods.

    Be Proactive & monitor these site & lets see how many politicians & judges get trapped.

    We have Laws, i really do wonder why they are not being used.

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  3. identicon
    Pseudonym, 1 May 2009 @ 1:00am

    I'm curious how many child porn web sites there actually are. I'd guess that the answer is "pretty much none".

    If I were doing something that's illegal and reprehensible in pretty much any jurisdiction, I wouldn't be showing off to the world. I'd be doing it with a private network, such as encrypted P2P.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2009 @ 5:22am

    It isn't there if I can not see it

    Isn't the whole black list approach sort of acting like an ostrich?

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 1 May 2009 @ 7:28am

    This article may offend some people, seeing as it's written by a paedophile who is very defensive of his own actions, but it explains perfectly how the IWF's tactics will never work. In fact pretty much explains how any filtering system will never work.

    http://wikileaks.org/wiki/My_life_in_child_porn

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  6. icon
    Isaac K (profile), 1 May 2009 @ 7:58am

    On the contrary - the basic economics of the model

    Cutting down on the ability to ACCESS such things merely makes them more scarce, and therefore more valuable.
    As a result, the sites can charge more money for their now "scarce" services, and it will encourage more entrants into the market.
    Basic economics. Track the perpetrators, not the "drug bust"

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  7. identicon
    Gov worker, 1 May 2009 @ 8:48am

    Re:

    all the free child porn you want at //192.168.1.666 or www.Fly.to/thisisnotchildporn

    they should shutdown the producers and FIX the problem

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8. identicon
    Rat, 1 May 2009 @ 10:41am

    Re: Re:

    HAHAH, I didn't click on the Fly.to link, nor will I, but that's funny as hell that his other link was a local address, guess he's hosting it all himself.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9. identicon
    Croix, 2 May 2009 @ 7:07am

    ern.....i've seen lots of pedos in the tor network, but i doubt they'll be able to shut it down. So this is meaningless

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10. identicon
    toyotabedzrock, 2 May 2009 @ 8:55pm

    Stupidity

    All this does is create barriers for police to track down the people producing it. Because it forces them to be more evasive and use encryption.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11. identicon
    Brad Purcell, 22 May 2009 @ 6:56pm

    Need porn passwords

    If you have any porn passwords, send them my way.

    Brad Purcell
    brad.purcell@orasi.com
    Orasi Software, Atlanta, GA

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  12. identicon
    Brad Purcell, 23 May 2009 @ 5:24pm

    Send me any kiddie porn passwords

    If you have any kiddie porn passwords, send them to me soon.

    Thanks in advance.

    Brad Purcell
    brad.purcell@orasi.com

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13. identicon
    Jeff, 29 May 2009 @ 4:59pm

    Sent you my kiddie porn Brad P - enjoy

    Enjoy Brad Purcell!! Watch out of the fuzz.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  14. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 19 Jul 2009 @ 6:19pm

    Re: Sent you my kiddie porn Brad P - enjoy

    please send me your kiddie porn as well jeff asap, i'll be forever in your debt!

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  15. identicon
    mark D, 19 Jul 2009 @ 6:25pm

    Re: Sent you my kiddie porn Brad P - enjoy

    please send me your kiddie porn as well jeff asap, i'll be forever in your debt!

    ps u ever used poppers with cp, its AMAZING, for me atleast

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  16. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 19 Jul 2009 @ 6:38pm

    Re: Sent you my kiddie porn Brad P - enjoy

    please send me your kiddie porn as well jeff asap, i'll be forever in your debt!

    ps u ever used poppers with cp, its AMAZING, for me atleast

    I forgot my e-mail; m.doyle56@yahoo.co.uk

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  17. identicon
    Miami Web Design, 20 Oct 2009 @ 9:04am

    No

    Cruel

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  18. identicon
    nocp, 21 Mar 2013 @ 12:55am

    child porn

    The peer to peer community already has an ip blocklist of people who share child porn here http://www.iblocklist.com/list.php?list=dufcxgnbjsdwmwctgfuj You can use it with peerblock or other apps.

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