Government Study: A Lifetime of Porn on the Web

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If 1 percent of all Web sites are pornographic that could amount to millions upon millions of pornographic Web pages that exist out in cyberspace.

In other words, there could be a lifetime supply of pornography available on the Internet--whether or not a parent deploys a filter

A government study that was introduced into court this month during the recent Child Online Protection Act (COPA) hearings determined that there is so much sexually explicit material available on the Internet today, that a person could spend a lifetime viewing pornography and never consume it all.

According to the study, 1 percent of Web sites indexed by Google and Microsoft are sexually explicit. That number seems low until you consider the fact that, in 2004, there were an estimated 4.2 billion Web pages on the Internet. If 1 percent of those Web pages contained pornography, then 42 million pornographic Web pages exist in cyberspace.

That number is even larger when adjusted for the continuing growth of the Internet over the past two years, which has an average domain count increase of approximately 20%. This increase brings the total amount of pornography available on the Internet to roughly 60 million Web pages.

To put that in perspective, if a person viewed one pornographic Web page every 10 seconds, it would take 19 years to view all the pornography that has been posted on the Internet to date--furthermore, with the increasing amount of pornography added to the Internet everyday, if a person spent every minute of every day looking at pornography, he or she could not view all of the new pornography posted to the Web in a given year.

The study also indicated that with the strictest filters tested, AOL's Mature Teen, 91 percent of sexually explicit Web sites indexed by Google and MSN were blocked. If that is true and the search engines have indexed all of the pornographic content existing on the Web, then with today's estimates, 5.4 million pornographic Web pages remain unblocked.

With that much unfiltered, unblocked pornography available on the Internet, if a child spent 24 hours a day looking at each unblocked Web page for only 10 seconds, it would take the child approximately 1.7 years to view all of it.

However, filters are easily bypassed and disabled. The tech-savvy children that filters are suppose to protect have the know-how and ability to access Internet pornography--filters amount to little more than a speed bump.

"In other words, there could be a lifetime supply of pornography available on the Internet--whether or not a parent deploys a filter," said Matthew Yarro of The CP80 Foundation. "Even if a filter were capable of filtering 99 percent of all the pornographic images on the Internet, there is still so much porn available on the Internet, that a person could spend 3 or 4 lifetimes viewing it. That says something about how much is out there."

The government study does very little to relieve the worries of concerned parents and employers whose homes and businesses are affected by Internet pornography. And does even less to assure them that filters are a reasonable solution to the Internet pornography issue.

If anything, the study simply proves the fact that the US government needs to step up its efforts to make the Internet safe for children.

About The CP80 Foundation

The CP80 Foundation is a non-profit 501 (C)(4) organization dedicated to creating a more responsible and manageable Internet. It is currently working on new legislation that would require all pornographic material on the Internet to use its own set of adult Internet channels (or ports). It also suggests the creation of private-cause-of-action laws that would allow citizens to sue pornographers who violated their rights.

More information about The CP80 Foundation and the Internet Channel Initiative can be found at


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