Sex Tech: Dot-XXX Stats, Twitter Lawsuit, CP Tech, UK ISP Filter Abuse

Sex Tech: Dot-XXX Stats, Twitter Lawsuit, CP Tech, UK ISP Filter Abuse

Summary: Dot-XXX is a flop, religious websites riskier than porn for viruses, porn cases tossed as judge rules on IP filesharing prosecutions, Japanese porn star is sued for no Twitter follow-back.

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In this week's Sex Tech the UK is lumping file-sharing with child porn as it sets to implement filters, dot-xxx traffic stats are abysmal (and prove vanity TLDs are a fool's game), a porn star is sued for not following a fan on Twitter, and much more.

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No one wants to think about the job of examining and logging evidence in child pornography and pedo busts.

But that's exactly what must happen.

When law enforcement catches pedos and CP porn perps, authorities typically do so through image trades - and then have to parse sickeningly large stashes of awful images and videos.

To build a prosecutable case, the evidence must be processed.

BBC takes a look at just how authorities - in this case, Interpol - use image processing technologies from companies such as Microsoft UK to sift and match the images (many of which have been altered) to nail the pedos and do further forensics on the evidence.

UK set to implement default internet filters

It's a sad time for UK entrepreneurs that require an unfiltered internet in order to compete on the global stage.

The government claims it is about to consult on new measures to "protect children from internet pornography" while getting ready to force ISP's to make a filtered, censored internet the default for all ISP customers.

Under its new plans, customers will need to to opt-in to receiving non-filtered content - dubiously labeled as porn - when they sign up for a broadband contract.

It's an overkill move when currently most providers offer a range of filters and tools that can be set up by customers to block pornography.

Campaigners have said it is too easy for children to access explicit adult content on their phones and computers, and clearly they have won.

That UK internet filter - it's already being abused

In the UK, internet customers are in the lite version of experiencing the web like citizens in morality-filtered countries like China.

British Telecom has been forced by a High Court judge to use technology designed for blocking child pornography to block a website that points people towards places that they can find copyrighted content on the web.

As the UK government is about to make this kind of filtering an ISP default and have forcefully banned The Pirate Bay - which legally distributes files and software such as Ubuntu - it is a sign that UK citizens are losing their freedoms.

ICANN releases unfortunate numbers on dot-XXX

New data from ICANN and six months of dot-XXX traffic in stat sites reveals the TLD is an oversold bust.

After six months of .xxx sites being open for business, turns out that the much-contested extension wasn't a demand magnet for web surfers nor is it a lucrative investment.

Domain Name News reveals the stats with analysis, and we look at side-by-side comparisons on an insider traded .com-to-.xxx adult website that has attempted everything it can to convert.

The results are a wake-up call for anyone looking at ICANN's potential new .TLDs - and a troubling message about cronyism and corruption in the domain space.

Butthurt porno superfan sues porn star for no Twitter action

The term porn girls have for guys that creep on them a little too much is "superfan" - and sometimes they want revenge when a working girl doesn't love them back.

Aoi Sola may be best known for films like “Big Tits Zombie” - and especially for getting Chinese citizens to use Twitter.

But a Japanese superfan has decided to take famous adult and B-movie actress  to court because she continuously refused to acknowledge his existence on Twitter and follow him back.

Despite his pestering and various attempts to get her to do what he wanted, Sola would not follow him back - which would have given him access to direct message (DM) her.

According to The Tokyo Reporter, the Twitter superfan is a 40-something who claims to work in education, and claims he was reaching out to the starlet to ask her about controversy surrounding the banning of her work in China.

After repeated attempts at contact, the angry Twitter user decided to sue her.

Over porn, judge rules an IP address is not a person

This past week (in the what-took-them-so-long-to-understand department), a New York judge ruled that an IP address is not enough to pin an illegal download on individuals.

Magistrate Judge Gary Brown shot down the attempt of three porn studios to sue nearly 80 people for allegedly downloading movies via BitTorrent, with the judge slamming the studio's efforts to file lawsuits against multiple anonymous defendants.

Like the RIAA, this has been a business model for porn film studios to try and recoup various revenue losses, blaming offshore distribution channels on their failure to meet customers' current needs.

Magistrate Judge Gary Brown denied the studio requests to subpoena the names associated with 79 IP addresses, with Brown arguing that IP addresses aren't enough evidence to pinpoint who actually downloaded a file from BitTorrent.

Porn sites have a cleaner bill of health than religious sites

In a curious twist an anti-virus vendor found that overall, porn sites are less likely to have malware than pious religious websites.

On Tuesday, antivirus vendor Symantec said in its Internet Security Threat Report said that drive-by attacks (seemingly legit sites strapped with exploit seekers) are an ongoing issue - with religious sites topping sex sites in their findings.

According to Symantec, websites with religious or ideological themes were found to have triple the average number of threats that those featuring adult content.

Photo by Mark Ramsay under Creative Commons 2.0 Generic license, via Flickr.

Topics: Security, Browser, Legal, China, Social Enterprise

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