Child pornography blocking again

Gregory Maxwell gmaxwell at
Fri Jan 25 04:36:37 UTC 2008

On Jan 24, 2008 10:11 PM, Kraktus <kraktus at> wrote:
> I just want to know if there is a technically feasible way of
> minimising one of the most harmful things Tor could potentially be
> used for.


> And if it's not technically feasible?  Fine, I like Tor anyway, I
> won't stop running an exit node just because of a few perverts, and if
> the ISP does not already have it blocked, I guess at least people
> using that ISP already have access to it.

Forget ISPs blocking it. Sites that falls into the category of
unspeakable awfulness are *already* illegal and are shutdown anywhere
laws are enforced.  Such sites shouldn't exist long enough to make it
into your blacklist. If they do the inability of TOR to block access
to them is the least of the worlds problems.

I'd also argue that the ability of people to use tor to access those
kinds of sites is actually beneficial. It allows private individuals
to seek them out in order to report them with reduced risk of being
mistakenly identified as a pervert themselves. Tor also enables law
enforcement to evade blocks of obvious law enforcement IP space and
potentially penetrate deep into underground groups creating and
circulating the stuff.

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