November 15, 2006
Government Study Shows Porn Sites are 1.1% of Web Indexes
Remember the battle earlier this year when the government got the major search engines to turn over sample data to study in an attempt to uphold COPA? Remember how Google fought the government request and only had to turn over a much more limited and scrubbed version of the data? Well, the government study is finished and introduced into evidence.
What did it find? 1.1% of web sites indexed by Google and Microsoft are sexually explicit. 1.7% of search results at AOL, MSN, and Yahoo are sexually explicit. AOL's Mature Teen filter blocked 91% of those explicit web sites, and other filters less so. Another interesting statistic is that 50% of these web sites are in foreign jurisdictions and beyond the application of COPA.
So the question remains, how does this help the government defend COPA as not overly broad in suppressing speech and better than filters in keeping porn away from kids? We'll find out soon. Closing arguments in the case are Monday.
More details about the study are at CNN.
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Is 1 percent of Web sites being pornographic a lot or a little? Let’s do the math.
In 2004, Google claimed to have indexed over 4.2 billion web pages (http://www.boutell.com/newfaq/misc/sizeofweb.html). Assuming an average number of web pages for all sites, 1 percent of 4.2 billion is 42 million--that's 42 million distinct pages of pornography on the Internet.
If we use the domain count increase over the past 2 years as an indicator for the increase in websites and WebPages (approximately 20 percent), the number of pornographic web pages swells to roughly 60 million.
So is 1 percent of the Web a lot of porn? Let's put it this way, if someone spent 30 seconds to view each Web page of porn, it would take about 57 years for that person to view it all.
Or better, if you had a Playboy/Penthouse magazine that had 60 million pages in it--not including the articles of course--the magazine would be as taller than any skyscraper on earth, taller than Mt. Everest--in fact the magazine would be approximately 180,000 feet tall, 3.4 miles high.
That ... is a lot of porn.
Support the CP80 Internet Channel Initiative which is working to categorize content into Interrnet channels, allow individuals to choose what content they want to access (like cable TV) and protect children from Internet Pornography.
Posted by: GtRl | Nov 17, 2006 8:07:03 AM