More Funds Sought to Fight Internet Child Pornography

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WASHINGTON -- Local and federal governments need to spend significantly more money to train police and prosecutors to hunt down Internet predators in cyberspace and shut down Web sites containing child pornography, a congressional commission recommends.

In a report to be sent to Congress next week, the commission also called for law enforcement agencies to create a master list of Internet sites that contain child pornography.

Rather than asking for strict new laws, the panel urges local and federal officials to implement a sweeping education campaign -- both online and through libraries, community centers and schools -- to identify the possible online dangers to children, encourage parents to monitor children's Internet activity and promote new technologies that screen out objectionable content.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the Child Online Protection Act commission's recommendations, which will be sent to Capitol Hill on Oct. 21.

In the report, the commission cautioned that governments need to "pay competitive salaries and benefits" to retain Web-savvy cops in an era where technical skills command high dollars.

The panel of industry leaders, activists and government officials shied away from placing more responsibility on Internet providers to block online porn. …


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