Law and Order “Betrayal” (2008, US)

In America the main Law and Order show has been cancelled for at least two years but series 18 from 2008 is brand new to British DVB television (Freeview) on Five USA channel 31.

Last week’s episode “Betrayal” featured a complex and intelligent debate regarding the potential for abuse in a therapist/patient relationship and was written with none of the normal preaching you’d expect from Special Victims Unit, the only Law and Order show left standing (although to be fair the UK has a season delay on SVU as well). It’s available to watch until Friday 15th August for UK viewers by going here;

http://www.channel5.com/shows/law-order/episodes/episode-11-294

Or searching on Law and Order at the Index page;

http://www.channel5.com/demand5

 

Google Finds a Predator

The tech world is alive with news that Google has helped locate and charge a predator based on scanning their email for child pornography images.

Obviously, this is a case of a stupid criminal, if you’re going to share illegal images, using a cloud service provider that already admits to scanning email contents for keywords as part of their advertising plan probably isn’t the most private place to do it.

On the other hand, it is also a sign of the times. Letting third party companies hold your data on their servers puts some legal obligations on them to prevent you from putting certain kinds of data on the service. Simply put, once you attached a known CP image to an email it was stored on Google’s server. Google could be charged with possession by simply leaving it there, negligence for not knowing it was there, and possibly even more if they allowed this person to keep sharing it with their service. So, they kind of have to scan their own servers for known images. Once found, that information has to be turned over to the authorities, which is as it should be. Anyone who works with technology, especially other people’s technology, would be required to do the same.

As someone who is very interested in making sure child pornographers are caught and charged, I like the fact that cloud services are attracting them. Rather than shut down services that allow people to trade images on the internet for fear of letting a few of them do something illegal, I’d rather have this type of thing going on, where they use the technology, but the technology helps the authorities find them too.

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How Grooming Happens

I shared this story about former professional baseball player Mel Hall across some of the social networks last night, but the more I read it, the more I am convinced that if you want to see grooming at it’s finest, go read some of the stories included in that piece.

From a distance it might be hard to understand what those families were thinking, but read carefully, you can see kids from troubled homes being targeted by a somewhat famous, charismatic and friendly guy, who comes complete with gifts and promises of helping a kid reach their goals.

It sounds all too good to be true, and as it turned out, it was! But it does provide us with a clear example of what to look for!

Matt Sandusky Shares His Story

Sadly, and perhaps tellingly, even when his abuser has been convicted and is serving what is likely to be the rest of his life in jail, there are still people who attack him for telling his story.

This just goes to prove that there will always be people who don’t want to hear it and don’t want to believe what is right in front of them. All the more reason for the rest of us to support people like Matt.

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