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October 28, 2007

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Nothing is known for certain about a person accessing
content. There are no signatures or photo-ids on the Internet therefore it is difficult to certify that illegal activities (regarding minors accessing restricted data) are taking place. Take for example a conversation on IRC. Two people could people talking to one another, but all that they see is text. It
would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to ascertain the gender
and/or age just from communication of this sort. Then if the
conversationalist lies about any points mentioned above it would be
extremely difficult t o know or prove otherwise. In this way governments
could not restrict access to certain sites on the basis of ages. A
thirteen-year-old boy in British Columbia could decide that he wanted to
download pornography from an adult site in the U.S. The site may
have warnings and age restrictions but they have no way of stopping him
from receiving their material if he says he is 19 years of age when
prompted. The complexity in the way information is passed around the
Internet means that if information has been posted, deleting this material
becomes almost impossible. A good example of this is the junk mail that
people refer to as spam. These include e-mails advertising products,
usenet articles that are open for flames. Flames are heated letters that
many times have no founding behind them. These seem to float around for
ages before dying out because they are perfect material for flamewars.

Posted by kamokazi at October 28, 2007 03:27 PM


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