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Subject: RE: [uk-netmarketing] Row over crackdown on adoption websites
From: David Simpson
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 11:59:59 -0000

Did anyone listen to Radio 4's PM last night ? I caught the 'letters'
section which included a rant from some chap about the Internet in general.
I paraphrase (because the Interweb has fried my short-term memory no doubt):

"It's a criminal's paradise", "...another ill-thought out American idea..."
, " ... anyone who even thinks about using it for commerce must be mad..".

Another correspondent wanted to know what "The Internet Twins" would have
been called if initial contact had been made by post ("The Royal Mail
Twins"?) or 'phone ("The BT Twins"?) - so maybe there's hope.

And all this on the day I finally got my Dad online .....

David Simpson

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ray Taylor [rayateyeconomy [dot] com (mailto:rayateyeconomy [dot] com)]
> Sent: 22 January 2001 13:57
> To: uk-netmarketing from chinwag
> Subject: [uk-netmarketing] Row over crackdown on adoption websites
> The Guardian reports: "The government is to clamp down on
> adoption over the
> internet by warning British-based service providers that they
> face criminal
> prosecution for relaying material which infringes British adoption law, it
> emerged yesterday. "
> Full story:
> http://www.guardianunlimited.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,426254,00.html
> Well it is a general election year (Tony tells me it will be May 2001, all
> things being equal)!
> No doubt the ISPs would say that it is not their fault and that they are
> just an unwitting conduit for the international child slave trade, but has
> it ever occurred to anyone that one way to prevent this sort of thing
> happening (government attacks, not the buying and selling of cute baby
> twins) would be to issue policies on illegal use of the internet
> that allow
> them to do what they can to help police identify and prosecute
> child abusers
> and other criminals who use the internet.
> A bit of pro-activeness on the part of UK ISPs would help give
> the internet
> a much better public image and give the ISPs a better argument against the
> inevitable political rants that follow this kind of scandal.
> Just a thought.
> Ray Taylor

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