Beyond tolerance

child pornography on the Internet

By Jenkins, Philip

Publishers Summary:
"Perhaps nothing evokes more universal disgust than child pornography. The world of its makers and users is so abhorrent that it is rarely discussed, much less studied. Child pornographers have taken advantage of this and are successfully using the new electronic media to exchange their wares without detection or significant sanction. What are the implications of this threat for free speech and a free exchange of ideas on the Internet? And how can we stop this illegal activity, which is so repugnant that even the most laissez-faire cyberlibertarians want it stamped out, if we know nothing about it?". "Philip Jenkins takes a leap onto the lower tiers of electronic media in this book on the business of child pornography online. He tells the story of how the advent of the Internet caused this deviant subculture to become highly organized and go global. We learn how the trade, which operates on clandestine Web sites from Budapest or Singapore to the United States, is easy to glimpse yet difficult to eradicate. Jenkins details how the most sophisticated transactions are done through a proxy, a "false flag" address, rendering the host computer, and participants, virtually unidentifiable. And these sites exist for only a few minutes or hours, allowing online child pornographers to stay one step ahead of the law. This is truly a globalized criminal network that knows no names or boundaries, and thus challenges both international and U.S. law."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-81474-262-4
Publisher
New York : New York University Press, c2001.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on October 15, 2001

Jenkins (history and religious studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.) offers a well-documented follow-up to Moral Panic (LJ 9/01/98), his history of child abuse and molestation over the past century. This new volume is a disturbing, thought-provoking study of the extent to which the distribution of hardcore child pornography "obscene or indecent images of underaged subjects" is available...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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