BT concern over child porn

By Derek Sooman on February 7, 2006, 12:25 PM
BT has released figures which indicate that the number of attempts to access websites hosting child pornography have sky rocketed. Access requests have seemingly trebled in the past 18 months, and BT reports that it is now blocking over 35,000 attempts to access child pornography in Britain every day. Are there really that many sick SOBs out there?

Despite BTís stalwart efforts, it is clear that a number of ISPs have a lot of work to do to catch up with BT in blocking access to child porn.

"While itís good to see that BT has taken steps to stop its users from being able to view illegal child pornography, clearly the message that not blocking users from viewing this type of material isnít acceptable isnít getting through to other ISPs," Mark Herbert, the founder of intY, the business internet and e-mail specialists, told Times Online today.




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Vaulden said:
While BT should be commended for this, I hope they have gone one step further and logged each attempt. The authorities need to step in and request that information to go after 1/2 the problem (the viewers). I know there are a lot of pitfalls when going after the suppliers of child porn, but they can only do so much if their customers are all in jail (or worse). I have kids and this kind of stuff really gets to me.
Need_a_Dell said:
Although what BT is doing is a step in the right direction, they shouldn't be trying to deter consumer access to child pornography. Instead they should be trying to target the servers that host websites that sport child pornography. If there are no websites with child porn, than the problem is solved. (Somewhat.) The only way for this problem to truly be solved, is if those "sick SOBs" finally grow up and realize that what they are doing is damaging the lives of young children.
nathanskywalker said:
[quote] 35,000[/quote] hat is bad. Not bad at all considering the rates of other porn...but really, isn't this just the next step? Make something evil legal, and people will want to go farther. While child porno is absolutely disgusting to even in theory....laws to stop it in part, but all the way. So if the government wants to stop this all the way...well nvm all that, i don't think the government really can. They can minimize it, but that is not something laws can stop. Hopefully bittorent keeps up their efforts but they can only do so much.
Kaleid said:
I think the net generally should be free from censorship, but I certainly agree that child pornography is a thing to fight against.
Masque said:
I agree with the first poster.....hit-logging needs to be done and followed through on, filtered to see if they could be valid or random and then send a nasty little note to the perpetrator. You'd be surprised how quickly some people will stop doing things like this once they realize that their antics could be put on public display. All of a sudden they start thinking about things like losing their family, job, etc.
enasni said:
[b]Originally posted by Kaleid:[/b][quote]I think the net generally should be free from censorship, but I certainly agree that child pornography is a thing to fight against.[/quote]

Do you honestly believe that the net should be censor free?Just because you said we should fight against child pornography doesn't make your statement infalible. Try for a second to think of the other disgusting, dangerous things on the net.The front page of techspot talks about a trojan virus and they are trying to censor that....Should it be uncensored and allowed to roam freely destroying systems and stealing information Kaleid??

sngx1275 said:
You got to be careful on how you treat this issue, the problem is the fuzzy line between child porn and a naked picture. From what I understand you can have a naked picture of a kid if its tasteful or in the form of art. Think of the baby pictures of you as a kid.Think of the pictures you see in National Geographic of some poor village somewhere where the kids are naked, now what if their father is holding his daughter...Think of the possibility you are 16 or 17 or 18 and you have a girlfriend that you have some naked pictures of, you guys are already sexually active, have done an illegal drug or 2, have drank, ect.I know this is a far cry from pictures of some 7 year old getting raped, but there are various shades of grey in there that it depends on your judge on whether you go freely or spend 30+ years in a federal pmita prison.Now what if somehow you clicked by accident, or there was a popup on some site and you accidentally had your IP connect to a flagged server that the government hasn't taken down yet. The feds then come and bash down your door, take your hard drive, and find pictures of any of the above things I mentioned.
Kaleid said:
[b]Originally posted by enasni:[/b][quote][b]Originally posted by Kaleid:[/b][quote]I think the net generally should be free from censorship, but I certainly agree that child pornography is a thing to fight against.[/quote]

Do you honestly believe that the net should be censor free?Just because you said we should fight against child pornography doesn't make your statement infalible. Try for a second to think of the other disgusting, dangerous things on the net.The front page of techspot talks about a trojan virus and they are trying to censor that....Should it be uncensored and allowed to roam freely destroying systems and stealing information Kaleid??[/quote]Here comes the thing. If we start to censor...then who decides what should be censored and what should be allowed? While you may think that 'issue' X should be wiped out of the net I may not agree with that. If the censorship starts, where does it stop? There are a lot of potentially dangerous and unhealthy things on the net but that doesn't mean that people will automatically seek for it and stupidly imitate or get ideas from. I generally have a strong belief that an educated population will steer clear from a lot of the harmful things. Democracy needs open dialogue and it's in itself a sort of an competition of ideas. For this the internet is by no means perfect but it's an useful tool.I certainly don't want Pentagon to be too heavily fighting the net:[url]http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4655196.stm[/ur
][Edited by Kaleid on 2006-02-08 12:06:14]

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