OPINION: Will censoring the Internet stop child exploitation? NOTE: I got to put my thoughts to John Carr directly when I was invited to debate the issues raised on the JVS Show on BBC Three Counties radio on Monday morning.
Here is the link to listen again. We come on at the 1 hour mark… I think the link is only live for seven days so grab it while it’s hot! Yesterday government advisor on child Internet safety, John Carr, called for search engines like Google to do more to restrict access to online pornography. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live he said that hard core porn sites are “one of the key routes that guys get to child pornography in the first place” and that there was “no question” that some men who look at child sex abuse images go on to carry out abuse. But would censoring searches really stop paedophiles accessing child sex abuse images? I think this is a very naïve proposition. First of all there are over 17 billion pages on the indexed web and Google alone handled 1.2 trillion search queries in 2012.
Resources for safety.
Hypnotism. The parable of the ox. In 1906, the great statistician Francis Galton observed a competition to guess the weight of an ox at a country fair.
Eight hundred people entered. Galton, being the kind of man he was, ran statistical tests on the numbers. He discovered that the average guess (1,197lb) was extremely close to the actual weight (1,198lb) of the ox. This story was told by James Surowiecki, in his entertaining book The Wisdom of Crowds. Not many people know the events that followed. A new problem emerged, however. Strict regulatory rules were introduced. Professional analysts scrutinised the contents of these regulatory announcements and advised their clients on their implications. Some brighter analysts realised that understanding the nutrition and health of the ox was not that useful anyway. How to create a self-fulfilling prophesy. (article) THERE IS A CIRCULAR, self-feeding loop in many aspects of human nature, and you can use them to your advantage — or disadvantage.
In many of these self-feeding loops, your thoughts play a major role. For example, a person with indigestion (caused by stress) notices a pain in his stomach, and then worries that maybe something is seriously wrong with him. The worry increases his level of stress, which increases the pain in his stomach, which makes him worry all the more, etc. Now at first, there was nothing wrong with him. World History TimeMap. What You Can't Say. January 2004 Have you ever seen an old photo of yourself and been embarrassed at the way you looked?
Did we actually dress like that? We did. And we had no idea how silly we looked. It's the nature of fashion to be invisible, in the same way the movement of the earth is invisible to all of us riding on it. Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives. Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide' - The Chronicle Review. By Daniel J.
Solove When the government gathers or analyzes personal information, many people say they're not worried. "I've got nothing to hide," they declare. "Only if you're doing something wrong should you worry, and then you don't deserve to keep it private. " The nothing-to-hide argument pervades discussions about privacy. The nothing-to-hide argument is everywhere. The Hidden Message in Pixar’s Films. I love Pixar.
Who doesn’t? The stories are magnificently crafted, the characters are rich, hilarious, and unique, and the images are lovingly rendered. Without fail, John Ratzenberger’s iconic voice makes a cameo in some boisterous character. Even if you haven’t seen every film they’ve made (I refuse to watch Cars or its preposterous sequel), there is a consistency and quality to Pixar’s productions that is hard to deny. Popular culture is often dismissed as empty “popcorn” fare. Buried within that constant and complex goodness is a hidden message. Now, this is not your standard “Disney movies hide double-entendres and sex imagery in every film” hidden message. What if I told you they were preparing us for the future? Before we begin, I ask you to watch the video below. People love these films. Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations.