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Microsoft even introduces popups to startle people searching for such content out of their behavior

Google Inc. (GOOG) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) announced this week that they will both internationally block websites, hosted video, images, and torrent listings that they classify as child pornography.
I. UK PM's Fight Against Child Porn Yields Actions
The move comes amid mounting pressure in the UK, Europe's largest market, to crack down on the abusive side of internet pornography.  UK politicians passed a bill in mid-2012 that required internet service providers (ISPs) to force users to "opt-in" to view pornographic content.  The bill effectively blocks any pornographic site that does not have an age verification policy.  ISPs fought the effort initially, but by June of this year most had submitted.
But critics said these proposals did not go far enough.  The EU recently debated banning internet pornography altogether, although that effort did not gain much ground.  The leader of the UK's Conservative Party leader, Prime Minister David Cameron, called on search providers to do more to filter out content relate to sex crimes such as rape or child pornography.

David Cameron
UK PM David Cameron [Image Source: Matt Dunham/AP]

PM Cameron was quoted in July as saying:

I have a very clear message for Google, Bing, Yahoo and the rest.  You have a duty to act on this – and it is a moral duty. If there are technical obstacles to acting on [search engines], don't just stand by and say nothing can be done; use your great brains to help overcome them.

You're the people who have worked out how to map almost every inch of the Earth from space; who have developed algorithms that make sense of vast quantities of information. Set your greatest brains to work on this. You are not separate from our society, you are part of our society, and you must play a responsible role in it.

In an article in The Daily Mail posted this week, Google's Eric Schmidt said his company has stepped up efforts on this issue.  He comments:

We actively remove child sexual abuse imagery from our services and immediately report abuse to the authorities. This evidence is regularly used to prosecute and convict criminals.  But as David Cameron said in a speech this summer, there's always more that can be done.

We've listened, and in the last three months put more than 200 people to work developing new, state-of-the-art technology to tackle the problem.

Google's Eric Schmidt [Image Source: AP]
In other words, Google already had some filtering, but its new algorithm removed literally tens of thousands of hits on content relating to child sexual abuse.
PM Cameron praised the move, which he called "significant progress".  He comments to The Daily Mail:

If you used [search terms relating to child sexual abuse] you were looking for child abuse images online.  I challenged the search companies to block these terms, to make sure that no illegal content or pathways to illegal content were returned.

At the time, Google and Microsoft – who cover 95 per cent of the market – said blocking search results couldn't be done, that it shouldn't be done.  They argued that it was against the very principle of the internet and search engines to block material, even if there was no doubt that some of the search terms being used by pedophiles were abhorrent in a modern society.  I did not accept that then and I do not accept that now.

Google's rollout will take six months to complete, as search results for 158 countries are sanitized.
II. Search Providers Work With Law Enforcement, Fight Child Porn With Popups
Both Google and Microsoft will share information on inappropriate child sexual abuse searches -- extreme patterns of search behavior that are verified to be extremely dangerous.  Google also will display a warning on top of a search for such turns warning users that material relating to child sexual abuse is illegal, and offering links for users with unhealthy attractions to seek treatment.
Microsoft is going a step further, issuing popup windows on a user's computer when searching for inappropriate Bing search terms.  The warning -- which may be rolled out to Yahoo! search as well, reportedly may circumvent Internet Explorer popup prohibitions as it's a Microsoft-allowed alert.

Bing popup warning
Bing is resorting to popups to try to scare users out of searching for child pornography. [Image Source: Microsoft]

An unnamed Microsoft spokesperson told BBC News:

[The popups are designed] to stop those who may be drifting towards trying to find illegal child abuse content on the web via search engines"

This is in addition to Microsoft's existing and longstanding policy of removing any verified links to illegal content of this sort from Bing as quickly as possible.  Microsoft has been, and remains, a strong proponent of proactive action in reasonable and scalable ways by the technology industry in the fight against technology-facilitated child exploitation. We have teams dedicated globally to abuse reporting on our services and the development of new innovations to combat child exploitation more broadly.

A representative of UK nonprofit Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety, John Carr, told BBC News:

To hardened technology-sophisticated, technology-literate pedophiles, these pop-ups will probably make very little difference.  But there is a very large number of men who perhaps have a marginal interest in this type of material and we need to stop them getting any further engaged with it.

As with Google, the Bing changes will take several months to roll out internationally.

As with Google, the Bing changes will take several months to roll out internationally.
III. Other Issues Regarding Sexuality and the Internet Remain More Controversial
While the top internet firms, government regulators, and nonprofits seem to be reaching an international consensus on a solution they can all agree with regarding child pornography, other topics in digital sexuality remain more contentious debates.
For example the issue of so-called "revenge porn" -- explicit content from a former sexual partner that is non-consensually published for "revenge" or profit -- is still being hotly debated. Some argue that if the partner agreed to be filmed, they surrender their right to protest, while others going as far as to argue that those who post such materials should face prison time.

Revenge porn is a topic of much debate in the digital community. [Image Source: Geffen Records]

Another topic of intense debate is underage children sharing sexually explicit images with each other.  Given the fact that many underage teenagers in the EU and U.S. are sexually active and many possess smartphones, there's been a rampant rise in teens trading sexually explicit video and pictures.  According to laws in the U.S. and most of the EU, this is classified as "child pornography".  Teens can face prison time, even if they were the same age, were only sharing with their significant other, and were not being malicious.  

Making the matter worst, most teenagers are relatively ignorant about the law when it comes to such matters.  And enforcement is inconsistent -- 999 out of a 1,000 or even 99,999 out of 100,000 "sexting" incidents go unreported or are dismissed by local law enforcement, but occasionally an unlucky teen actually has been sentenced to prison for such behavior.

Sources: Eric Schmidt/The Daily Mail, BBC News

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RE: Unintended Concequences
By EricMartello on 11/20/2013 10:39:18 AM , Rating: 2
It's based on the archaic idea that skeletal maturation = adulthood. Lazy lawmakers and the ignorant public that backs them are apparently content to throw adolescents and young adults into a single category with prepubescent children ("minor"). This recklessness carries a price, though. It's the young people who generally pay it.

Just because humans have longer life expectancies today than they did ages ago doesn't mean our bodies' transition from child to mating-ready adult has changed. Child porn laws need to be revised; teens willingly texting each other nude photos of themselves should not bear the same penalty as that of a pedo who kidnaps and molests kids.

That would be 14-17, in terms of our "minor" categorization.

Not referring to the law; referring to physical development. Most humans are fully sexually mature at 14, a process that begins when they turn 12, sometimes younger if they eat a lot of food containing certain hormones.

There are hebephilia and ephebophilia to cover the state of pubescence and the post-pubescent adolescent respectively. Hebephilia is close enough to pedophilia, given our social strictness about sexual activity, that ephebophilia is the main issue.

Nope, these are made-up to make the legal restrictions seem reasonable. Once a human body is fully developed, there is no "disorder" in feeling sexual attraction toward said human. You can add that to the list of other made-up illnesses like ADD.

So, precisely speaking, attraction to older adolescents is not necessarily an example of ephebophilia, and ephebophilia is not considered a disorder unless it involves obsession.

You're basically saying what I said before - if you feel attracted to a post-pube teen you are biologically normal. It's purely a social taboo / legality issue.

Obsession is a separate issue that tends to be tied to a personality more than any specific disorder, so no, I'm not going to buy the notion that an obsession with anything validates a disorder.

You really fell off the rails.

LOL right, you're going to explain to us how being gay is "normal" just like they've been training us. Then you'll tell us that man-made global warming is real, and that in 20 years from 1985 the rainforest will be gone due to evil corporations that keep cutting down the trees...

It is a scientific fact, known since 1956, that homosexuality isn't a disorder. Dr. Hooker exposed the illusory correlation between mental disorder and homosexuality by avoiding the employment of a polluted sample (men with a history of treatment for mental illness). The APA finally got around to recognizing this fact in 1973 when homosexuality was removed from the DSM.

Where is the "scientific fact" in what you said there? None of this is "fact"; this is political spin mixed with liberal propaganda. Homosexuality stems from the same vein as pedophilia and other mental disorders and you've offered NOTHING to suggest otherwise.

And, even without those facts, simple logic shows that there is very little commonality. Pedophilia involves attraction to prepubescents, not sexually mature people. Homosexuality involves attraction to sexually mature people.

In both cases of pedophilia and homosexuality, people are attracted to "mates" with whom they cannot reproduce. That is a scientific fact - because the drive to have sex exists for the sole purpose of promoting one's own genes. In other words, survival.

There is a very legitimate biological prerogative for humans to be sexually attracted to other humans who are sexually mature regardless of age. On the other hand, there is zero biological prerogative for humans to engage in sexual activity with a person or object that is not biologically capable of reproducing.

Furthermore, there are plenty of documented cases where homosexuality combines with pedophilia, giving you people who sexually molest and harass boys and girls.

Looks to me like the real science facts got swept under the carpet so that liberals could carve themselves out another voter pool.

Your stuff about lifestyle is a mess. Sexual orientation is not a matter of lifestyle and is not chosen. Virgins have just as much of an orientation as prostitutes.

Read what I wrote carefully. There is no such thing as "sexual orientation". You are either normal, i.e. hetero, or you have some kind of disorder that causes you to derive sexual pleasure from something other than your biologically compatible partner.

Refraining from having sex, as virgins choose to, does not preclude them from having sex in the future, nor does it mean they do not feel the urge to have sex.

Prostitutes choose to exploit sex for profit and is a pragmatic decision.

Heterosexists claim that homosexuality is a lifestyle (as if a gay Buddhist monk in Tibet has the same lifestyle as a gay Hollywood actor) and a matter of choice because it makes it easier for them to condemn. They don't, of course, deal with the fact that religion is a matter of choice. The only thing left for the heterosexist, given the scientific facts, is a religious basis for condemnation.

Heterosexists? LOL You blatantly disregard science and cannot accept that homosexuality is a disorder just like pedophilia or zoophilia. It's a disorder because is violates basic biological laws and it's no different than a person who derives sexual pleasure from murdering people.

Feeding into the propaganda pushed by the left just makes you look like a clueless tool.

RE: Unintended Concequences
By superstition on 11/20/2013 11:54:51 AM , Rating: 2
I really hope your post is satirical because if you're serious with this sort of nonsense then you really should seek help.

Rainforests, global warming, and homosexuality are truly synonymous! It's all part of a vast conspiracy.

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