Sex Tech: UK ISPs reject filters, Google innovates CP elimination

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UK ISPs have rejected government statements about default internet filtering; meanwhile, Google innovates the elimination of child porn online, offers $2 million bounty for devs who help.

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U.K. ISP's reject default filtering, despite gov't claims

David Cameron's special advisor on 'preventing the sexualization and commercialization of childhood' Claire Perry MP got a rude awakening when UK ISPs countered her Friday statements to press that ISPs in the UK would be filtering adult content by default in 2014.

Unfortunately for Perry, saying something is true doesn't magically make it so. This Monday, the U.K.'s Internet Service Providers trade association went on record saying they remain opposed to default filtering and would do no such thing.

In Perry's fantasy world, as she explained it to news outlets, parental filters for pornographic content would be coming as a default setting for all homes in the U.K. by the end of 2013.

Apparently she didn't ask any of the ISPs how they felt about the idea.

Citing technical realities — nee, limitations of filters — and stressing responsible parenting above potential 'over blocking' which would result in censorship, Nicholas Lansman, secretary general of trade association ISPA, which represents the UK's net suppliers, reminded the world that filtering tools are already supplied with service.

Lansman supported the ISP's stance saying, "We remain opposed to default filtering, as it is only one part of the solution, and can be circumvented and lead to over- or under-blocking."

Let's hope that any of MP Perry's other statements on important topics are not just wishful thinking as well.

Google creates proactive solution for child sexual abuse imagery

This weekend, Google told The Telegraph that its engineers are working on new technology that will facilitate internet search engines and other Internet companies to find and eliminate images of children being sexually abused.

The new database tool will automatically compare fingerprinted images to a cross-industry database of "known" images.

The company is also putting up a $2 million bounty for developers who want to innovate tools to solve issues around finding and removing the illegal imagery.

The database is to be shared with industry participants, child protection organizations, as well as law enforcement.

Disgrace of Ada Initiative continues

"A non-profit organisation that aims to increase the participation of women in free and open source software and culture is using coverage of a rather dubious sort to solicit donations from the public...”

More came out on the feminist technology organization (Ada Initiative) that got my most recent talk (at a community-focused security conference) censored by threatening the convention organizers with bad publicity — only for everyone to later discover it was all for a pre-planned publicity stunt to get the organization into glossy women's magazine, Marie Claire.

The deceitful publicity stunt worked, to the great anger of hacking communities associated with the conference worldwide.

This month's issue of Marie Claire boasts a feature called "When Geeks Attack" that positions the Ada Initiative as a heroic champion of sexually harassed women at technology conferences, centered around the removal of the talk.

The magazine did not include the censored talk's topic (sexual safety), that the talk was presented by a woman, or that the Ada Initiative's actions in removing the talk caused security organizations around the world to publicly disavow the initiative within 24 hours of its censorious actions.

Rule #34 rides again: Kinect porn

“Love is All” is not only a highly sensual porn short shot by a real-life couple, it happens to be the first porn video — that we know of — made with a Kinect.

It lacks detail and is more of an art piece than anything, but the video result is surprisingly erotic and entertaining.

The dots that make up the actors’ bodies are derived from an infrared camera, the Kinect, which was originally designed for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 system to allow players to interact with their games by jumping around their living rooms, no controller needed.

Main post image via Wikicommons.

Topics: Government : UK, Censorship, Google, Legal, Privacy

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Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that inclu... Full Bio

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