Mr. Blumenthal said it “downplayed the predator threat,” relied on outdated research and failed to provide a specific plan for improving the safety of social networking.It's worth pointing out that Blumenthal was one of the AGs who pushed to have this task force created, and now that it's coming back with something as shocking as a disinterested, empirical conclusion he's disowning it. What a maroon.
“Children are solicited every day online,” Mr. Blumenthal said. “Some fall prey, and the results are tragic. That harsh reality defies the statistical academic research underlying the report.”
In what social networks may view as something of an exoneration after years of pressure from law enforcement, the report said sites like MySpace and Facebook “do not appear to have increased the overall risk of solicitation.”
To bring this back to what I was discussing last week: the alleged threat of child predation is one of the planks being used to build the gallows for a free Internet. And it's almost entirely hallucinatory, certainly insofar as it justifies massive new expansions of warrantless surveillance. On top of that, it's also the fig-leaf being used by the (I believe) far more influential copyright lobby, aiming to legitimize the constant surveillance of IP traffic in an effort to preserve a zombie business model.
So if the threat of child predation is a myth, and the only remaining reason to submit to massive surveillance is preserving the profits of large, mostly foreign-owned corporations, why the fuck is this even under discussion?