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More ISP’s join Cuomo child porn fight

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a major development in his office’s ongoing campaign to combat online child pornography.
On July 29, Comcast, which is the nation’s second largest Internet Service Provider (ISP) and NetZero have agreed to cleanse their servers of child porn web sites. They will also eliminate access to child porn Newsgroups, a major supplier of illegal images.
This announcement was not the first of its type in recent news. Similar agreements with AT&T, Verizon, AOL, Sprint, and Time Warner Cable were announced by Cuomo in the last several weeks.
“Today’s agreements with Comcast and NetZero will deliver another blow to the despicable online child porn industry,” said Cuomo. “I commend the companies for working with my office to aggressively eradicate online child pornography and strongly urge all outstanding internet service providers across New York and the nation to get on board.”
In addition to the system cleansing, Cuomo sent subpoenas to several ISPs across New York State in an effort to determine how they combat online child pornography.
The Attorney General’s investigation reviewed millions of pictures over several months, uncovering 88 different Newsgroups that contained a total of 11,390 sexually lewd photos featuring prepubescent children, and in some cases photos of children being raped and sexual activity involving animals.
His fight to rid the city of child pornography is gaining momentum as each year passes.
In May 2007, Cuomo worked with law enforcement authorities to investigate sex offenders who had been found on MySpace, a popular social networking site. In October 2007, Cuomo and the popular online community Facebook announced a new model to enforce safeguards aimed at protecting its network members, especially children and adolescents, from sexual predators, obscene content, and harassment.
In January 2008, Cuomo sponsored the nation’s most comprehensive legislation to dramatically enhance protections for New Yorkers, especially children, from sexual predators on the Internet. The comprehensive Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP), was passed unanimously by the New York State Assembly and Senate, and was signed into law by Governor Paterson in May.

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