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Conference to target kids' access to Net porn
Keeping children away from adult content on the Web is tough now, but experts already are warning about when the pornography industry and technology will really hit hyper-speed, making the job even tougher.
The current discussion about how to prevent children from browsing or downloading sexually explicit images or videos merely taps the surface, says Herb Lin, a senior scientist at the National Research Council -- part of the National Academy of Sciences -- and project leader of a three-day conference that begins today in Redwood City: ``Tools and Strategies for Protecting Children From Pornography.''
Lin poses an interesting scenario: What if pornography techies decide to create a national, no-fee Web site?
``Right now, the so-called adult online industry is in it for the money,'' Lin said in a recent interview. ``But what happens when a different community starts exchanging pornography on the Net and no money changes hands at all, just like Napster?''
No one is doing that yet, Lin cautions, ``but the technology exists and we should be thinking about things like that now.''