The G.O.P.’s Misleading Attack on Judge Jackson

How Republicans used a specious attack to portray her as soft on child sex abuse.

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Sentencing of a 2013 Case Is Attacked by Republicans

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s handling of a 2013 case involving images of child sexual abuse was not quite the way Republicans portrayed it.

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Lindsey Graham Takes Caustic Tone in Questioning Jackson

The Republican Senator, a one-time supporter of Judge Jackson, has been among her most aggressive questioners.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson Faces GOP Attacks on Race and Crime

Grilling Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court, conservative senators painted her as a jurist who had coddled criminals and embraced “woke” education.

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Fact Checking Judge Jackson’s Record on Child Sexual Abuse

Republican lawmakers criticizing the Supreme Court nominee have taken the judge’s remarks and sentencing decisions out of context, distorting her record.

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Greenwich Woman Who Secretly Made Videos of Children Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes

Hadley Palmer, 53, pleaded guilty to making images of children in intimate situations at her home in Belle Haven, a wealthy Connecticut enclave. The court record was sealed over an A.P. reporter’s objection.

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Jerry Harris of ‘Cheer’ Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes Involving Minors

Mr. Harris, of the Netflix show “Cheer,” reached an agreement with prosecutors requiring that he plead guilty to two of seven federal charges.

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‘Cheer’ Is Back. Here’s Where the Jerry Harris Case Stands.

The Emmy-winning Netflix documentary series returns for a second season on Wednesday without its breakout star, who is awaiting trial in a case involving child sexual abuse imagery.

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Lawsuit Accusing Nirvana of Sexually Exploitive Imagery Is Dismissed

Spencer Elden, who was pictured naked as a baby on the cover of “Nevermind,” said Nirvana had engaged in “child pornography.”

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Josh Duggar Is Convicted of Downloading Child Sexual Abuse Imagery

Mr. Duggar, who appeared on the TLC reality show “19 Kids and Counting,” faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

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Josh Duggar of ‘19 Kids and Counting’ Goes on Trial in Child Pornography Case

Prosecutors say Mr. Duggar used the internet to download explicit material showing the sexual abuse of children. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

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Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple and E.U. Phone Scanning Plans

A group of researchers said the “dangerous technology” was invasive and not effective at detecting images of child sexual abuse.

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Reporters on R. Kelly’s Trial and Conviction

A conversation about the testimony, the meaning of the verdict and the long quest for proper recompense for the singer’s victims.

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Man Who Blackmailed Girls to Send Explicit Images Is Sentenced to 20 Years

Joshua Henry Punt, 39, posed online as a teenager and preyed on girls ranging in age from 12 to 16 in states across the country, the federal authorities said.

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Will Lawmakers Finally Act Against Big Tech?

Facebook may have crossed the line.

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Man once called world’s “largest facilitator of child porn” sentenced to 27 years

Eric Eoin Marques led away from the High Court in Dublin in August 2013 after US authorities formally requested his extradition.

Enlarge / Eric Eoin Marques led away from the High Court in Dublin in August 2013 after US authorities formally requested his extradition. (credit: Getty Images | Niall Carson | PA Images )

A man who operated a dark web service that hosted millions of child-sexual-abuse images was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for conspiracy to advertise child pornography, the US Department of Justice announced today. Eric Eoin Marques, a 36-year-old dual national of the US and Ireland, was also sentenced to “a lifetime of supervised release” after his prison time is over.

Marques will get credit for time served from July 2013 to the present, a sentencing document says. He was also ordered to forfeit over $154,000.

During a 2013 bail hearing in Dublin, FBI Special Agent Brooke Donahue “agreed that he had described Marques as ‘the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet’ and added ‘that remains true to this day,'” according to an Irish Examiner article in September 2013. An Irish court record provides a slightly different wording of Donahue’s quote, describing Marques as “the largest facilitator of child pornography websites on the planet.” Today’s DOJ announcement said that “Marques was one of the largest facilitators of child pornography in the world.”

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Apple Delays Rollout of Child Safety Features

Apple had not expected the kind of backlash the new features faced.

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Apple delays plans to roll out CSAM detection in iOS 15

Apple has delayed plans to roll out its child sexual abuse (CSAM) detection technology that it chaotically announced last month, citing feedback from customers and policy groups.

That feedback, if you recall, has been largely negative. The Electronic Frontier Foundation said this week it had amassed more than 25,000 signatures from consumers. On top of that, close to 100 policy and rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, also called on Apple to abandon plans to roll out the technology.

In a statement on Friday morning, Apple told TechCrunch:

“Last month we announced plans for features intended to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them, and limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material. Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features.”

Apple’s so-called NeuralHash technology is designed to identify known CSAM on a user’s device without having to possess the image or knowing the contents of the image. Because a user’s photos stored in iCloud are end-to-end encrypted so that even Apple can’t access the data, NeuralHash instead scans for known CSAM on a user’s device, which Apple claims is more privacy-friendly than the current blanket scanning that cloud providers use.

But security experts and privacy advocates have expressed concern that the system could be abused by highly resourced actors, like governments, to implicate innocent victims or to manipulate the system to detect other materials that authoritarian nation states find objectionable.

Within a few weeks of announcing the technology, researchers said they were able to create “hash collisions” using NeuralHash, effectively tricking the system into thinking two entirely different images were the same.

iOS 15 is expected out later in the next few weeks.

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Why the Baby on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album Is Suing Now

Spencer Elden, 30, says Nirvana engaged in child pornography when the band used a picture of him naked on the cover of the breakthrough album.

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With R. Kelly on Trial, What Has Become of His Music?

The R&B superstar may have experienced a “social death,” with his music largely disappearing in public. But streaming data tells a more complicated story.

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Are Apple’s Tools Against Child Abuse Bad for Your Privacy?

The backlash to Apple’s efforts to fight child sexual abuse show that in the debate between privacy and security, there are few easy answers.

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R. Kelly Criminal Trial: A Timeline of the Allegations

The R&B singer has faced a trail of accusations since 1996. On Monday, he goes on trial in Brooklyn.

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German Authorities Break Up International Child Sex Abuse Site

German prosecutors called the online platform they took down one of the largest on the dark web. Three men, accused of running the site, have been arrested.

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Joshua Duggar of ‘19 Kids and Counting’ Pleads Not Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

Mr. Duggar was featured in his family’s reality show until 2015, when the show was taken off the air after allegations that he had molested girls. He was also active in conservative politics.

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Why Do We Let Corporations Profit From Rape Videos?

With help from Google and PayPal, XVideos lets people leer at the worst moment in a child’s life.

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Suspect in Killing of 2 Florida F.B.I. Agents Is Identified

As cases of online child sexual abuse explode, the F.B.I. is investigating the case of a Florida technology contractor who they said shot two agents serving a search warrant at his apartment.

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N.Y.P.D. Officer Solicited Sexual Photos From 46 Minors, U.S. Says

Federal prosecutors said Officer Carmine Simpson posed as a 17-year-old online and coaxed dozens of teenagers to send him sexual videos and photos.

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Jerry Harris Pleads Not Guilty in Child-Pornography Case

The 21-year-old fan favorite on the Netflix series “Cheer” pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges, including soliciting sex from minors.

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Your Card Payment Has Been Declined

Mastercard’s chief executive oversees $6.5 trillion in transactions. That gives him unique insights into our economic recovery, and power over companies like PornHub.

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An Uplifting Update, on the Terrible World of Pornhub

Young heroes lead in confronting pornography companies that monetize rape and child abuse.

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The Children of Pornhub

Why does Canada allow this company to profit off videos of exploitation and assault?

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Cho Joo-bin Gets 40 Years in South Korean Prison for Sexual Exploitation

Cho Joo-bin was convicted of blackmailing young women into making sexually explicit video clips that he sold online.

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Retired French Surgeon Faces 312 Pedophilia and Abuse Charges

Prosecutors said the rapes and sexual assaults took place at several hospitals over three decades, and were documented in a diary. Most of the accusers were 15 or younger.

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Jerry Harris’s Child-Pornography Case Back in Court

At a detention hearing on Wednesday, four potential custodians said they would be willing to house Mr. Harris, 21, if he were released on bail.

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Netflix Is Charged in Texas With Promoting Lewdness in ‘Cuties’

A grand jury in Tyler County accused Netflix, which has been streaming the award-winning French film, of promoting lewd visual material depicting a child, prosecutors said.

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Jerry Harris to Remain in Custody After Arrest on Child Pornography Charge

A lawyer for Mr. Harris, star of the Emmy-winning Netflix series “Cheer,” waived his initial hearings on Monday.

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Jerry Harris of ‘Cheer’ Arrested on Child Pornography Charge

Mr. Harris, a fan favorite on the Netflix series, was arrested and charged with production of child pornography on Thursday, days after two teenage boys filed a lawsuit against him.

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Convicted of Sex Crimes, but With No Victims

An online sting operation to catch child predators snared hundreds of men. What were they really guilty of?

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South Korea Denies U.S. Request to Extradite Operator of Child Pornography Site

The Justice Department had sought to try Son Jong-woo after he was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on money-laundering and other charges.

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Chrystul Kizer, Teen Charged With Killing Sexual Abuser, Is Released on Bond

Ms. Kizer was charged with premeditated murder in the 2018 death of Randall Volar. Her case attracted widespread attention, and a Chicago bail fund paid $400,000 for her release on Monday.

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Child Pornography Ring Is Broken Up in Germany, Police Say

Police found images and videos of sexual abuse of children, filmed in a cabin in western Germany. They have arrested 11 people so far, but believe many more were involved.

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A $5 Billion Proposal to Fight Online Child Sexual Abuse

New legislation would try to curb the illegal imagery with record levels of funding for law enforcement. The bill, coming in response to a Times investigation, also calls for a new oversight position in the White House.

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New bill threatens journalists’ ability to protect sources

Online child exploitation is a horrific crime that requires an effective response. A draft bill, first proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in January, intends to provide exactly that. However, technology experts warn the bill not only fails to meet the challenge, it creates new problems of its own. My job is to enable journalists to do their work securely — to communicate with others, research sensitive stories and publish hard-hitting news. This bill introduces significant harm to journalists’ ability to protect their sources.

Under the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (or EARN IT) Act, a government commission would define best practices for how technology companies should combat this type of material. On the surface, EARN IT proposes an impactful approach. A New York Times investigation in September found that “many tech companies failed to adequately police sexual abuse imagery on their platforms.” The investigation highlighted features, offered by these companies, that provide “digital hiding places for perpetrators.”

In reality, the criticized features are exactly the same ones that protect our privacy online. They help us read The Washington Post in private and ensure we only see authentic content created by the journalists. They allow us to communicate with each other. They empower us to express ourselves. And they enable us to connect with journalists so the truth can make the page. This raises the question of whether the bill will primarily protect children or primarily undermine free speech online.

It should be pointed out that EARN IT does not try to ban the use of these features. In fact, the bill does not specifically mention them at all. But if we look at how companies would apply the “best practices,” it becomes clear that the government is intending to make these features difficult to provide, that the government is looking to discourage companies from offering — and increasing the use of — these features. By accepting EARN IT, we will give up our ability — and our children’s future abilities — to enjoy online, social, connected and private lives.

Our digital life is protected by the same features that allow some bad people to do bad things online.

Four of the “best practices” relate to requiring companies to have the ability to “identify” child sexual abuse material. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to identify this material without also having the ability to identify any and all other types of material — like a journalist communicating with a source, an activist sharing a controversial opinion or a doctor trying to raise the alarm about the coronavirus. Nothing prevents the government from later expanding the bill to cover other illegal acts, such as violence or drugs. And what happens when foreign governments want to have a say in what is “legal” and what is not?

Our digital life is protected by the same features that allow some bad people to do bad things online. They protect us as we visit The Washington Post website, use the Signal app to contact one of its journalists or use the Tor Browser to submit information to their anonymous tip line. These features all enable privacy, a core component of the journalistic process. They enable journalists to pursue and tell the truth, without fear or favor. And not just in the U.S., but globally. We should empower and enable this work, not sabotage it by removing crucial capabilities, even in the name of child protection.

The same New York Times investigation found that law enforcement agencies devoted to fighting online child exploitation “were left understaffed and underfunded, even as they were asked to handle far larger caseloads.” The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), established by Congress in 1984 to reduce child sexual exploitation and prevent child victimization, “was ill equipped for the expanding demands.” It’s worth asking, then, why EARN IT does not instead empower these agencies with additional resources to solve crimes.

We must consider the possibility that this bill fails to achieve its stated goal. That it will not protect children online, and will introduce harm to their digital presence and ability to speak freely. Everyone deserves good security, and it’s on us to find ways to prevent harm without compromising on our digital rights. To force companies to weaken our protection to give law enforcement greater insight would be the equivalent of forcing people to live without locks and curtains in their homes. Are we willing to go that far?

That’s not to say we have to accept no solution. But it can’t be this one.

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