Thursday, October 08, 2015

How pervasive, really, is Internet c.p.?

How pervasive is Internet c.p.?

The question seems relevant since reports about arrests for possession (especially among respected people, often connected to school systems) seem to have increased in the local media a lot in the past ten years, with a rapid acceleration particularly around 2005 and 2006 (ironically, before COPA was finally struck down). 

In early 2014, Huffington published a long piece by Mary L. Pulido on the issue, here. The findings report that white men were by far the biggest offenders in possession cases, and consistently about one-third have conviction records for actual sexual assaults or misconduct (with children or usually adult females). Anecdotally, most of the offenses were heterosexual (as in the cases on NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” a decade ago, with Chris Hansen). 
There was a PDF report from NCEMC in Alexandria VA in 2005, which still pretty much holds today, here.  Not considered is the possibility, usually remote, of accidental possession by virus or malware, or even (in at least two cases) external misuse of a router.  

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