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The interactive world map available at No-Kids.org [no-kids.org] shows whoever is intentionally attempting to download a file containing child pornography.

In fact, No-Kids.org is a program embedded in a website that aims to fight the spread of files containing child porn across peer-to-peer networks. Every computer that runs No-kids.org is automatically connected to these networks and pretends to have the files that child porn consumers are searching for (by clearly and unmistakably file names, so that unintentional errors can almost certainly be ruled out). But, instead of those files, the computer sends out a No-Kids.org file that contains a message to seek a place of therapy, instead of child porn content.

Next to the world map, the website show statistics of the global number of downloads over time, collected child porn downloads per city, and the most popular search query terms.

UPDATE: According to some commenters, potentially NSFW. Although no content can be viewed, some textual file names can be revealed.

8 COMMENTS

the initiative is nice but I have a problem with the map proper.
I think the point is to show the concentration of the downloads. for that, the areas where there are a lot of downloads should be highlighted in comparison with the other ones.
the problem is that the representation seems dependent on the geocoding process.
the size of the circles is a function of the number of downloads for a specific cluster. but some cities are too big and are broken down in several clusters, each with small circles (see new york or LA). and other clusters span across a very large area and so they are represented with a big circle (see the one in the middle of the USA).
as a result, it's difficult to tell much from the map

Tue 07 Jul 2009 at 2:28 AM

NSFW! It's probably worth saying that the mouseover filenames on the map (it displays search terms and kiddie porn MPG filenames) could make this website strictly NSFW

Tue 07 Jul 2009 at 3:24 AM

Data reading could be improved. Add this sight however to a short list of online effective efforts to impact change in realtime. Beautiful effort. Not sure if its there, but I would like to see how many nokids files are downloaded (not just queries) vs. authentic child porn files... then we could better observe what ground is being taken on the fight.

Tue 07 Jul 2009 at 3:39 AM

I must say, this is one of the subjects, where pretty graphics have to be taken with an inch of salt. Not surprisingly this webpage seems to be originated in germany, which just had an internal row about illegalising web hosts who feature chold pornography(and is already planning to do the same with violent games, etc.), so there seems to be an opprtunists agenda connected with old and controversial data. ( I am not saying of course that child pornography is not a problem but : http://libertus.net/censor/resources/statistics-laundering.html#s2 )

Simplifying software and data visualisation like this with a fairly hidden algorythm to show child pornographical activity(is that what it is actually doing really?) is a bit of a mine field. I am staying away from this mob, thank you.

Tue 07 Jul 2009 at 4:03 AM
Marcus Kirsch

@James
Sorry this isn't a feature. You could never exactly say how much childporn files are out there. the whole application works with pretty "soft" data - cause filenames can mean almost anything.

our main goal was providing an application which can help (maybe not much but it can) fighting childporn. so we are not only showing the files - we are replacing these files with fake files. you can read it in the faq (available in enlgish)

Tue 07 Jul 2009 at 4:38 AM

Sensationalism. Pedophiles everywhere, oh my god !!!!1!!


The map is gorgeous, though. I've been looking for a licence free map of the Earth for one of my projects, I wonder where they got theirs.

Tue 07 Jul 2009 at 6:41 PM
manu

Did they take the site down? I liked the idea, not sure if it would have worked but was looking forward to see how far it would have got.

Wed 08 Jul 2009 at 4:12 PM

it's a trap!

Sun 12 Jul 2009 at 2:47 AM
noname
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