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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

6/19/2004

Child Porn and the Internet

Wearing one of my hats I write about internet filtering over at the libraryfilter blog. I read with some interest Jan Wong's piece on just how easy it is to access child porn on the net.

She is right to a degree although my friend Bob Turner has a good deal to say about it from the perspective of a person making internet filters. However, her suggestion and that of a Toronto police officer that,
In Canada, Internet service providers say they don't monitor content and leave that role to police, taking action when presented with a court order.

Detective Sergeant Paul Gillespie of the Toronto police's sex crimes squad said he has grown frustrated with Canadian ISPs.

"I don't know why our service providers don't understand that they are facilitating access to these websites," he said. "They can block them, and they don't seem to have the will."
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The fact is that even if an ISP blocked every alledged child porn site all a dedicated surfer need do is hook up with a public proxy server, of which there are literally tens of thousands, and surf to his heart's sick content. Unless ISP's blocked access to public proxy servers, which would be a huge and intrusive measure, the solution to child porn is not at the ISP.

Update: Sean over at Polspy is a professional photographer, a Dad and very clear on the issue of child porn politics.