Mobile operators team up against child abuse
Mobile operators across Europe are teaming up against the use of mobile internet services to distribute child pornography images.
The GSM Association is launching "the Mobile Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Content" made up of most of the major operators including Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica O2, TeliaSonera, T-Mobile, Vodafone and dotMobi.
The group will use Notice and Take Down procedures to remove content on their networks. The alliance will also prevent access to websites identified by an "appropriate agency" as containing images of abuse.
The group was at pains to point out that the "vast majority" of child pornography on the net is accessed via conventional connections.
However, it said, the rollout of mobile broadband raises the possibility that the problem will shift to its members' networks. It aims to "stem and ultimately reverse the growth of online child sexual abuse content".
Read the press release here.
In other news the GSM Association and the five UK mobile operators, Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone and 3, will work together to measure mobile advertising. The five companies will set common standards and metrics so that advertising planners can get numbers to back up their campaigns. ®
you mean usenet?
oh btw, could someone please explain, as this is totally beyond me, why child pornography is allowed on usenet? I've heard about calls to tackle this issue years ago but nothing has been done. Surley there are laws and rules that can be applied to banning that stuff. Is there a legal "blackhole" when it comes to usenet?
P.Hilton cause well, she should be banned too....
It's workable, whether or not it's sensible
"snuff, beheading videos, hate speech, political propaganda?...Total BS. Filters do not work; ask any teenager."
But you can't be sent directly to jail for snuff/beheading/hate speech/propaganda (well, unless you're sufficiently brown and silly to convince a paranoid jury that you've got the videos because you're an Evil Terrorist). The point about filtering CP websites is that it makes it very hard for anyone caught with CP images to claim that they got them by mistake...
"Besides, who would be the authority to decide what goes in the list and what doesn't, who keeps it up-to-date?"
In the UK, this list is kept and supplied to ISPs by the Internet Watch Foundation. It's paid for by ISPs and maintained by civilian analysts with police training. I imagine this list or something similar would be used in the pan-European scheme.
snuff, beheading videos, hate speech, political propaganda?...Total BS. Filters do not work; ask any teenager. Besides, who would be the authority to decide what goes in the list and what doesn't, who keeps it up-to-date?