Liz Gannes

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After British Criticism, Google Assembled Team of 200 to Fight Child Pornography

Four months after U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for search companies to step up their fight against child pornography, Microsoft and Google are announcing that they have cleaned up results for 100,000 potential queries, with Microsoft contributing picture-detection technology and Google’s YouTube contributing video identification. Showing warnings to searchers has also reportedly already led to a drop-off of 20 percent in such activity. In an op-ed for the Daily Mail, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said Google put together a team of 200 people in the past three months to address the problem.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work