Combating Child Porn Online

The government has tabled a new law aimed at fighting child porn online in Canada. It’s apparently a big problem in Canada, but the new laws don’t really seem to accomplish anything that the existing laws didn’t already accomplish. I mean, if it’s already illegal to rob people, then do you need a new law that says it’s illegal to rob seniors? This seems to be another case like that.

If they want to really fight the problem, here’s how they should do it.

Giant cash rewards.

Offer $10,000 for any tip that leads to an arrest and that specifically leads to a source of the stuff being taken offline.

I’ll bet this would work better than the current laws, and probably end up being cheaper as well.

(All that said, this law doesn’t seem to be all that bad – it’s much better than what the NDP is suggesting, which is making ISPs responsible for all the content that they host. That would be like making Bell Canada responsible for anything illegal you say on the telephone – there’s no way Bell, or the ISPs, could possibly monitor all the data that goes through their systems).