Porn Will Doom The Internet As We Know It

When does something stop being information
or simply entertainment and become pornography?
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"Think of the  children - won't someone think of the children" Hating on big, faceless organisations has allowed the web to dodge SOPA, but links between Internet liberty and child pornographic addiction will almost certainly end the open, anonymous nature of our cyber world.


How internet porn turned my beautiful boy into a hollow, self-hating shell
  • Mother tells how her 11-year-old boy's 'entire character' changed when he began watching porn on his laptop in his own bedroom
  • His internet history showed he had also watched 'vile, paedophiliac images' presented in cartoon form
  • More needs to be done to help other children addicted to internet porn, says mother
  • Comes as internet providers refuse to give parents an easy-to-use block on extreme material on home computers


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2132342/How-internet-porn-turned-beautiful-boy-hollow-self-hating-shell.html#ixzz1t2a0vuyy


This snippet from the Daily Mail (in the UK) is a great example of how popular opinion can be wiped up over the issue. Psychologists are now researching physical brain morphological changes and long term personality changes in children and young adults caused by the modern glut of pornographic exposure to our younger generation.

My scientific training causes me to think "we do not have enough data to know if, on balance, this will be a good thing or a bad thing". However, with the raise of religious fundamentalism and sensitivity to sexual issues across much of the world, I doubt the bulk of humanity will be thinking this way. 

A commonly held notion that the Internet remains free due to technology is just naive. Policing is making huge strides in tackling online paedophilic crime. This is done via human centric policing as much as clever IT. Technology cannot keep people anonymous because we are still interconnected human beings. We leak information above our selves eve rtime do anything. For example, it would be trivial to distinguish this post as being authored by myself simply from the style and content of the text.

In a recent podcast even Andrew Lewman (head of the Tor project) explained how little protection powerful technologies like Tor give to us in the face or our human fallibility. 

Using the police as an apparatus to prevent on-line intellectual property theft was always going to be a non starter. Police around the world are not that bothered but such things. Understandably, when they are faced with rape, murder and slavery to deal with, stealing IP from a large, off-shore company which has billions anyhow is not going to grab them as a priority. 

But protecting children from pornography - that is something the populous, police and politicians can all get behind even though their motivations might all be different. Such a unifying banner spells a new era in the Web, Internet and modern life its self.