US scientist develops anti-porn software for Internet use

Rohit Khare (
Fri, 12 Sep 1997 15:56:30 -0400 (EDT)

I, for one, have an unhealthy and purient interest in the OTHER 10,000
databank entries.

Obviously a very flaky and overinflated blurb, but what can you expect
from Agence-France Presse? :-)


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DARMSTADT, Germany, Sept 11 (AFP) - A Harvard University
scientist here Thursday presented computer software designed to
detect and block pornography on the Internet.
Software used so far to protect children from accessing
pornography providers would detect key words like "sex" or "porn."
Harvard's James Ze Wang's software includes a data bank which
stocks 10,500 pictures including 500 of naked bodies. New pictures
loaded onto the Internet will be screened by a computer and compared
to those already stocked in the memory.
If there is any resemblance, the program will bar access to the
material, the scientist told a meeting of 120 telecommunications and
multimedia experts here.
The new software program which is destined for parents and
schools is to be distributed worldwide by a Harvard marketing

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