Only 1.7% of sites blocked by Scandinavia’s “child-porn” filters are actually child porn

Posted: October 3, 2010 in Technology
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From the article:

Internet blocking is advocated as an allegedly effective measure against the proliferation of child abuse images. Countries such as the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark have been using this technology for years. But a practical test by the German Working Group against Access Blocking and Censorship (AK Zensur) in cooperation with European civil rights advocacy groups has shown: Internet blocking does not fight abuse, in practice it only serves to conceal the failures of politics and police. Websites can remain on blocking lists for years even though they have either been deleted or could be deleted easily and quickly.

How is this possible, and what could be done against illegal sites? Answers are given by a new analysis of current blocking lists from Sweden and Denmark by the Working Group against Access Blocking and Censorship. The group developed software to select, categorise and geo-locate 167 blocked Internet domains as a representative sample of websites blocked in Denmark at the time of the investigation. “The result is a smack in the face of law enforcement authorities”, says Alvar Freude of the Working Group. “Of the 167 listed sites, only three contained material that could be regarded as child pornography.” Two of these three sites had been blocked in Denmark since 2008, and these are, or least were, blocked in Sweden, Norway and Finland as well. These sites were therefore known for at least two years in several countries, and apparently law enforcement authorities did nothing to try and get this illegal content removed.

When are they going to learn that you hunt the pedophiles in meatspace not it cyberspace.

Everyday we keep losing more and more of our freedoms on the internet in the name of security, we all want to be nice and safe from everything that might hurt us.

I’m sorry but I if you think it’s a good idea to sacrifice our internet freedoms to get security you have no place on the net, so please get the fuck off it.

Original site.

WOG out.

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