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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Nature of Danger

According to an AP article, about 1% of the websites indexed by Google and Microsoft are explicit.
In a study of random Web sites by Philip B. Stark, a statistics professor at University of California, Berkeley, the conclusion was that "Filters are more than 90 percent effective."
Filters blocked 87 percent to 98 percent of the explicit results from the most popular searches on the Web, Stark found.


Blogger TheProf said...

1% means that if a 16 yr old boy or girl is looking for a homework answer in Google and does 100 hits, not unreasonable, that one hit will be an explicit site. That is one hit too much. Because after that one hit, that kid has now acquired Eitz Hadas Tov Vo'Rah, and now knows that their exists Rah on the internet. That kid is now at 100% risk, not the statistical 1% danger that you seem to connote. And the same goes for the adult who is looking for a business item to buy or needs information about a business idea. If you have 20,000 hairs on your body and one hair sticks out of the mikva, you are not tohor. And the next step to not being tohor is krisus. We are playing with an atomic bomb here. As much as I've agreed that we can't assur the internet, please don't play down the extreme danger that it represents.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Leapa said...

Note, Prof:
I'm in favor of filters, and use one myself, as well as any members of my family who use the net (including those outside the home).

We should advance our ability to selectively filter, which an emotional response does not do.

Walking on the street in Brooklyn in the summer is also not a spiritual cake walk. Is a filtered internet connection worse?

Before the convention, and in general, should we not bring facts into the discussion?

12:42 PM  

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