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Voluntarily censor one of the internet's oldest mediums

Sprint, Verizon, and Time Warner cable agreed to a nationwide block on access to Usenet newsgroups that offer child pornography, wrapping up an eight month undercover investigation and complaint from the New York Attorney General’s office.

“The pervasiveness of child pornography on the Internet is horrific and it needs to be stopped,” said New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, speaking in a press release.  “We are attacking this problem by working with Internet Service Providers to ensure they do not play host to this immoral business.  I commend the companies that have stepped up today to embrace a new standard of responsibility, which should serve as a model for the entire industry.”

Usenet – one of the internet’s oldest applications – dates back to a time long before the World Wide Web. Its popularity died down as web sites and web-based message boards came into vogue, relegating it to a forgotten “back alley” frequented by niche crowds. One thing Usenet hasn’t been forgotten for, however, is its ability to store and distribute files such as music and, in this case, pornography.

Traditionally, ISPs have stayed out of enforcing restrictions on what its users’ access, citing the legal immunity granted to them by maintaining a policy of noninterference. That immunity has come under attack from a wide variety of sources. Previous aggressors include the content industry, frustrated with ISPs’ permissive stance on piracy, as well as the ISPs’ themselves as they explore ways to further monetize their infrastructure. Now, with its investigation concluding, ISPs can add the New York state Attorney General’s office to that list.

Investigators had to take an unusual course of action, however. Traditional approaches failed; ISPs responded with a routine disclaimer of responsibility for the content of their networks. Instead, investigators chose to invoke a section of each their service agreements that promised to take action against users who distribute child porn; when the contacted ISPs failed to act after receiving a series of anonymous complaints from investigators, the Attorney General’s office pounced by threatening to charge them with fraud and deceptive business practices. The ensuing agreement was a result of these threats.

Cuomo says the unconventional approach was necessary, because traditional methods are not working. Attacking individual distributors has “limited effectiveness,” he said, because American demand for child pornography is often supplied internationally, frequently hailing from countries doing little in the way of enforcement.

“The ISPs’ point had been, ‘We’re not responsible, these are individuals communicating with individuals, we’re not responsible,’ ” said Cuomo.  “Our point was that at some point, you do bear responsibility.”

As part of its agreement, the three ISPs will also pay $1.125 million to underwrite the investigation and “fund additional efforts by the Attorney General’s office and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to remove child pornography from the Internet.”

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RE: Nice try, but...
By wordsworm on 6/14/2008 12:08:03 PM , Rating: 2
The theory of infantile amnesia is the idea that few people can retrieve events and memories that happened to us roughly before the age of 3.
You sure used a lot of words to misrepresent amnesia. Why don't you try the dictionary, wikipedia, or something a little simpler so that you can at least get those things straight before moving onto more complicated matters.

Children who are extremely young don't have cognitive abilities. Their ability to think is linked to instinct and survival rather than trying to make logical sense of their surroundings. They don't know how to think.

Unless something traumatic happens to the ultra young child, which surely not 100% of children suffer some such trauma to validate your claim or the claims of the authors to whose opinions you ascribe, then there would be no reason for this 'memory loss.' Rather, it's just that these very young don't have the mental faculty to understand their memories, and therefore their memories don't stick. If you can't understand what you see, it's much harder to remember it.

Through all your wordiness, you managed to conclude with what appears to be a false syllogism. Since you probably haven't played around much with philosophy, as you're too involved in psychology, you might need an explanation as to what that means. Dictionaries and wikipedia are great places for you to start, should you wish. I recommend Plato. Even my feeble mind has been able to grasp a majority of his logic.

That little infantile erection could be little more than unconscious circulation to the genitals which is entirely unrelated to sexuality beyond the fact that it's their sex (which is another word for genital - thought I'd throw that in for you since you're not much of one for dictionaries or semantics) that's simply undergoing physiological (as pertains to the body - there, I saved you the trip to the dictionary again) development. Certainly, due to the high density of nerves in the genitals, it wouldn't be surprising to me if young children learned in some way to control this.

Now, as to the first reply off of that fellow who was noticing the erections of his son, I was reacting to his insults regarding my intelligence, just as I have to yours. I was simply contending that art, even the display of cherubs, would be sexually exciting for pedophiles, and therefore they too should be, at the very least, censored. Now why don't you keep your asinine comments to yourself until you actually figure out where I am coming from.

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