HammRadio Today: 10/16/2006 -- <br>Coding to stop Predators

We certainly don't need another article on why MySpace isn't safe for children. But this is an interesting article on how code can root out predators on MySpace. It sounds great... but since Homeland Security can properly query a database to find a terrorist, I'm not sure how well this guy's code will find a sexual predator. But the real question is what is myspace's responsibility to smoke these predators out?

I'm not the biggest fan of the Dateline-like STING operations, that just smells of entrapment, regardless of who these guys are. And the idea of pretending you are under 18 and propositioning a meeting when you aren't law enforcement sounds criminal to me. But that's just me. I like to keep our civil liberties around a little longer. You want to protect our kids from predators and repeat offenders? How about making those sentences lifetime? Allowing these guys on the outside just doesn't make sense.

And calling for software to go after predators, what else will you mandate myspace do? Go after 14 year old girs for threatening the president? I know... I know... we have to err on the side of safety... but sometimes it just sounds too big brother-ish for me to be comfortable.

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