November 14, 2006

Quoted in Mercury News about COPA Censorware Report

Study: About 1 percent of Web pages have sexually explicit material

Seth Finkelstein, a programmer and civil-liberties activist, said Google's stance was "horribly self-serving."

"There were no privacy implications in the sense that the data was restricted to a very small set of researcher who were under various sets of protective orders," Finkelstein said.

Finkelstein said Stark's findings about the prevalence of pornography on the Internet are similar to other academic studies.

"What we are learning about the Internet is that it reflects life and that the Internet is not -- contrary to what some people might think -- more sexual than people are in general."

The quotes are accurate, though of course it was a small part of a much longer conversation.

I'm climbing the pundit-ladder! :-)

[h/t: Catherine Crump]

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware , copa , google , press | on November 14, 2006 05:49 AM (Infothought permalink)
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Don't forget the little people who...well, didn't do a whole lot for you in this regard, but we were at least sincere. And, um, earnest.

Seriously, you have been moving up in big media circles, and for where you want to take this, that's probably the best place to be.

Posted by: Shelley at November 14, 2006 07:23 PM

A-List, here I come! I suppose it means I have to speak in slogans and go to the cool parties. Or at least cheerlead the slogans and the cool parties.

But honestly, I think this is more a spike than a break-through. I don't have a sustainable service to sell so as to maintain a high-ranking position.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at November 15, 2006 12:32 AM

In doing my best to drive people on my *personal A list* up the glitterati ladder, I have now sent you an e-mail, will note your SJMN item on my blog, and will also note that I bought Shelley's new JavaScript book, too.

Ever the B-minus lister myself, I urge you to keep on keeping on. And those parties might even be fun. Or maybe sometimes have decent food.

Posted by: Dean Landsman at November 15, 2006 03:56 PM

Thanks for the email, but as I said, one quoted appearance does not an A-lister make, sigh.

I appreciate the sentiment, I really do. But the problem is the sustainability :-(.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at November 15, 2006 07:27 PM

Watch out when you enter the "top blog lists" which you hate... ;)

Posted by: Philipp Lenssen at November 15, 2006 11:33 PM

Technorati: "Infothought * Rank: 10,203 (584 links from 277 blogs)"

Not a whole lot of chance of entering the "top blog lists" ...

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at November 16, 2006 12:07 AM