Sunday, December 24, 2023

Enabling Technology to Abuse Children

Susan Landau writes:
Many proposed laws on encryption assume that children are harmed by the technology, but encryption often provides children with safety and security. ...

Internet-enabled child sexual abuse exploitation (CSAE) is a horrible crime — and there’s no doubt that some CSAE investigations are stymied because criminals hide evidence using end-to-end encryption (E2EE), a method of securing communications so that only the message endpoints can view the unencrypted message. ...

While it is easy to imagine that eliminating E2EE will make children safer by making CSAE investigations more effective, it is likely the opposite effect will occur. As the EDPS report noted, “E2EE provides security and safety to children too, especially vulnerable ones (e.g. LGBTQ+ who use the Internet to explore their sexuality).” Indeed, the systems that automatically flag CSAE are likely to capture images created by the children themselves. These sexting photos are intended for private sharing, and the broad scanning envisioned by the bills thus risks that young people sexting will be investigated and accused of purveying CSAE.

Gandhi is supposed to have said that “the true measure of any society is how it treats its most vulnerable members.” LGBTQ+ children are such a population. Children are aware of their sexual orientation from relatively early on. A Human Rights Campaign (HRC) report showed that 84 percent of LGBTQ+ children realized they were non-straight by age 13. ...

The point is that E2EE benefits children.

She has made many good arguments for encryption and digital freedoms, but I cannot agree with this.

It is just not true that 13-year-old kids realize that they are non-straight, and not true that they need to be sending secret pornographic and sexually deviant messages and images to other young kids and adults.

Supposedly Gandhi left his wife to live with a male lover. Not sure what he has to do with anything.

Yes, 13yo children are vulnerable, and adults should protect them from being exposed and induced into perverted sexual acts. But Landau wants E2EE technology to enable that, and says that children benefit from it! No, 13yo kids do not benefit from being sodomized by child molesters. This is really sick.

1 comment:

CFT said...

The child as no right to privacy from supervision, especially with the internet.
The parent has the right to supervise the child, according to law and common sense.

If folks want to say that children should be unsupervised, they are entitled to their own ignorance and stupidity, but seriously, watch what your kids are doing if you don't want them ending up dead or abused in ways you probably don't want to know about.

If you are a parent, it is your job to look after your child before all other responsibilities.