01 December 2010

Slow removal of child sexual abuse image websites

(Light Blue Touchpaper)
Our paper The Impact of Incentives on Notice and Take-Down by Tyler Moore and Richard Clayton examines a number of different types of wicked Internet content and discusses how effective people are at getting the material removed by serving notices upon the website owners who host it. We have a number of interesting results, but perhaps the most striking is that although phishing websites impersonating banks are generally removed in a couple of hours, the mean lifetime for a website hosting child abuse images is almost a month and even the median (the time by which half of the sites are removed) is 12 days.