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Another strategy to avoid accountability is to always claim that technology is changing so rapidly that regulations will be constantly outdated. The Internet industry, which wants no or minimum regulation of its activities, dismisses calls for legislation or regulation, claiming that it will all be worthless anyway. Janet Henderson, spokesperson for BT in the UK, says:

It is impossible to police the Web or ask Internet Servers to act as judge and jury over their clients. Not only are difficult decisions having to be made, but it’s a question of civil rights-no one wants BT to become Big Brother.” She also added, “Technology is changing so fast that any law passed will be redundant before the ink’s dry.117

In an irresponsible talk at the 1997 London conference, Policing the Internet, Nel Van Kijk, from the Netherlands, who was Chair of the Committee of Women’s Rights of the European Parliament, dismissed claims of child pornography on the Internet and spoke only about the importance of freedom of expression. Concerning pornography in general, she quoted from a document she found on the Internet written by the National Coalition Against Censorship’s Working Group on Women,

This message in Cyberspace made my heart jump for joy. I continue with my cybersisters: ‘We believe we shouldn’t allow government to tell women or men how we should think or write about our lives, including our sex lives. We think those kinds of laws are no good for anyone, and we know they are bad for women.’ It is clear and sincere language, I like that and overall I agree with it.118

Ms. Van Dijk said that censorship on the Internet was technically impossible, which made her happy, and promised that many dire consequences would result if any limits were imposed.119 At this conference police officials from Germany and the UK gave presentations on violent pornography and child pornography on the Internet. Ms. Van Dijk also completely dismissed their findings and evidence. She stated,

I want to elaborate on this issue of child pornography a bit more. One of my collaborators, who has been on the Internet for seven years now, tried to get hold of child porn on the net just to find out what it is all about. He made a small collection of what he found, after a long search. He showed me the pictures he had captured and I got a bit confused. Most of them were fashion photos of young boys and girls, beach photos of dressed children just like we find in women’s magazines. The worst I saw was an amateur photography of two young three or four year old nude boys coming from the showers, while a dressed old man was looking at them.” 120

Ms. Van Dijk’s ignorance of the reality of child pornography on the Internet might be forgiven, if it wasn’t for her attitude towards the child pornography that she did acknowledge existed. She cited a study by David Fenton, who investigated the newsgroup alt.sex.paedophilia, and reported, according to Ms. Van Dijk that most of the pictures on the newsgroup were not renewed regularly, and anyway, those that were there were “at least twenty years old.” Also, since it was not easy to identify who posted the photos, nothing could be done. 121

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