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Greetings from ACPO and Natasha:
We just wanted to remind you about the free software available from ACPO thanks to Mr. Doug Stead one of ACPO’s directors. The software I am referring to is called ‘Reveal’ and can be downloaded for free at this location: http://antichildporn.org/reveal.html. It’s available at this time in English and French. We have one of our new developers interested in porting Reveal to the Mac OS. The goal is to have it done the second quarter of 2005 so that there will be an English and French Win and Mac version of Reveal.
It has always been ACPO’s goal to protect children, other huge software venders charge for similar software and for them that’s ok. But we at ACPO received a letter years ago from a man in Texas, asking us for advice; he had purchased a computer for his son to do his studies, as suggested by the school. The father, within a short time of working with his son on the computer, realized the potential danger the Internet might be for his son. He went looking for software to protect his son, then he mailed me that he was SHOCKED at the amount of money these software venders were charging to buy or use their monthly service. He asked me what he should do. The thing that touched my heart and made me determined that ACPO wouldn’t charge for software to keep children safe, was this man was poor. He mentioned that he could barely afford to buy the computer, get an Internet connection and then to have to buy software to protect his son, he said “Natasha we live in a trailer that is 20 years old and I am a parts mechanic and make very little money. All I want is the best for my son, and because I don’t have a lot of money or a good job and can’t afford the necessary software my son is possibly at risk”. We knew that a lot of the available software out there was pretty easy for a kid to ‘hack through’. Don’t underestimate the potential of a determined teenager to get to websites the software vender doesn’t want them to go, or the potential for a child emailing someone they think is a safe friend.
I emailed and then eventually phoned this dad in Texas and made a couple suggestions; put the computer in the living room, teach your child safe surfing, etc. Some of that information can be found here: http://antichildporn.org/parents.html
Shortly after receiving this father’s email, I was contacted by a programmer. He had a product he wanted ACPO to test and if we liked it he the source code was available for a price. (That price was quite high!) At that time we were working with another German ‘Anti’ organization, who we had done business with for 2 years and were impressed by their computer expertise.
I contacted the Germans, and asked them if they would be interested in beta testing the software. They fell in love with it and they wanted to buy the source code, but couldn’t afford it. The Germans commented that this tool found things on the computer that ‘they’ had deleted, that other software couldn’t find, they had used some software that Law Enforcement uses and it didn’t find the deleted files that Reveal did.
Then the negations began, after much ‘quibbling’ and ‘whatnot’ we got the price of the code lowered to something reasonable. Doug Stead was kind enough to buy it and have one of his programmers work on it to make it what it is today and eventually it was translated it to French.
Reveal is an excellent piece of software, one of the things I particularly like is the ability the parent has to work with the software, put in the words, or whatever they don’t want their children using, or other people using when talking to their children. You the parent have a dictionary you ‘can build yourself thus making you a part of the process that is protecting your child. You know your child more than anyone, and know what you do and don’t want your child doing on the Internet.
Please download Reveal and give it a try, if you have suggestions or comments please post them here: http://www.antichildporn.org/forums/ General Discussions. If you like Reveal please tell your church, your friends, your child’s school about this wonderful software. Let’s make a joint effort to keep our children safe, and this is a way anyone can help, without spending a dime.
CHILD FRIENDLY AWARD:
ACPO has just ordered the award trophy for the first recipient of the ACPO Child Friendly Award. We will make an official announcement by December 1, 2004.
Not to reiterate but NRB should be functional with in a few days, so you will be able to report your child porn sites to ACPO again. We are just waiting on Hawk our very busy multimedia department head to get it up and running. Hawk is also responsible for http://antichildporn.ca if you’re Canadian and want more information about your area. Thanks Hawk for eight years of dedicated service to ACPO.
And thanks Doug for the great software, and thanks to everyone out there fighting the same battle we are.
BTW we do take donations, our programmers aren’t paid, and in fact none of our staff is paid. We are all volunteers, but we sure need an ‘Angel’ to give us a hand with the financial needs we have to complete our existing software, and to create the software we’ve been working on for years. Paid workers/programmers would be a godsend. So if anyone out there would really like to help us keep our software free, and give us a hand, please contact us.
Kind regards to everyone and thank you for caring.
ACPO staff and Natasha
November 2, 2004
Greetings from Natasha and ACPO Staff:
We at ACPO are finally getting up to speed again after a long break. We thought it was time for an update.
Hawk our Multimedia Team Director has assured us that he can have NRB back up and operational within a week. This is great news, and the original problem we had with the script is solved for the time being.
Instead of the URL's you submit being immediately scripted to Missingkids.com website we will send NCMEC Missingkids.com a flat file of the submitted sites. In other words, we will not automate the process of sending our reports to them or other Law Enforcement Agencies; we will do that via email or postal mail. Once we iron out the problems we were having with the script we will then be able to do it via the web. So you will be able to submit your CP reports again knowing that a copy will be sent to Missingkids.com via email and snail mail, we are also working on identifying where the offending site is and sending a copy to that Law Enforcement Agency. Again, all this takes time and we've been trying to use technology to do the job that people have previously done. We are volunteers and we are working to make all this happen as soon as possible.
I was speaking with our publisher Toby Emden (Bookbooters.com) a week ago about our right of 'Freedom of Speech'. One of the issues we bring up in the book. We at ACPO have sent sites to Law Enforcement only to be told that; what was there was legal, because there were no images just words. We've talked about our rights of freedom of speech for over 7 years in regards to child endangerment child, abuse, and child pornography. For example Homayra Sellier the founder of our sister organization Innocence in Danger http://www.innocenceendanger.org/, our Board of Directors and Advisors have discussed the point that we need a whole new set of laws that apply to children, and children's rights.
I was doing some research on our Freedom of Speech when I came across this rather interesting article I'd like to share with you: There Is No Free Speech Protection for Child Porn Taken from an article in: http://www.teamamberalert.net
For more on the story: http://www.teamamberalert.net/news/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=4907
If you have feed back or comments go to our BBS and utilize your freedom of speech. http://www.antichildporn.org/forums/
I also found another interesting article online you might be interested in reading.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
It was mentioned in our last update that we were talking a leave of absence; we needed some time to sort things out. Personally I was frustrated by the number of Child Porn reports submitted to ACPO, and the slow response we were getting from some of the Law Enforcement Agencies. We understand that there is not enough man power in any of the agencies to handle all the reports, and the confusion of jurisdiction was another issue we were facing. The biggest problem was getting all this data to NCMEC (Missingkids) and we were having problems with the script, which would transfer our reports to their report page. Our R&D team is made up of volunteers who work when they can. As soon as we are able to hire a couple programmers full time we'll be able to complete and refine our existing tools, and work on some new ones we've been asked to create. We'll be able to work on NRB (Network Report Builder) and then we'll reopen our report page, the goal being to have the NRB script email the appropriate Law Enforcement Agency, eliminating a lot of work on our end.
On a personal note, I took a couple months off because of health issues, and as of Monday I'm back to work. I am way behind on answering email and working with the Liaisons, I apologize and I should be caught up shortly. If you have emailed me and not gotten a reply, expect one soon.
This update was to let you know that ACPO and I am back to work, and to thank you for your patience.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
As is mentioned on our website we have closed our reporting process and have suggested that you report any incidences to http://missingkids.com . Thanks to Cathy one of our advisors for telling us about another good place to report cyber crime:
Internet Crime Complaint Center (taken from their website)
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a means to receive Internet related criminal complaints, research, develop and refer the criminal complaints to law enforcement agencies for any investigation they deem to be appropriate. The IFCC was intended, and continues to emphasize serving the broader law enforcement community, to include federal, as well as state and local agencies, which are combating Internet crime and in many cases participating in Cyber Crime Task Forces.
Since its inception, the IFCC has received complaints crossing the spectrum of cyber crime matters, to include on-line fraud in its many forms, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) matters, Computer Intrusions (hacking), Economic Espionage (Theft of Trade Secrets), On-line Extortion, International Money Laundering, Identity Theft and a growing list of Internet facilitated crimes. Over the past three years it has become increasingly evident that, regardless of the label placed on a cyber crime matter, the potential for it to overlap with another referred matter is substantial. The IFCC is therefore being renamed the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), to better reflect the broad character of such matters having a cyber (Internet) nexus referred to the IC3, and to minimize the need for one to distinguish "Internet Fraud" from other potentially overlapping cyber crimes.
File a Complaint: http://ic3.gov
ACPO TAKES A NEW DIRECTION:
ACPO has found that we need to take a new direction in our approach to the horrendous problem of child abuse images on the Internet. We have tracked pedophiles, searched for personal information/evidence of the organizations that provide this material. We have attempted to work with Law Enforcement passing on this information to the appropriate LEA (Law Enforcement Agency), sometimes that being a very frustrating process, and have found that’s not enough. They (Law Enforcement) in most cases will not take evidence from NGO’s fighting Child Porn; this has been an ongoing problem for years. There is a fine line of what information Law Enforcement can accept from a non LE/Governmental agency.
This is just one more reason ACPO has changed directions, please read this news article if you haven’t already. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5324463/). To quote part of the msnbc article: The high court divided 5-to-4 over a law passed in 1998, signed by then-President Clinton and now backed by the Bush administration. The majority said a lower court was correct to block the law from taking effect because it likely violates the First Amendment.
It would again appear that the laws are set up in such a way that the children are the ones that suffer. How about the rights of the children, I just don’t understand why our government doesn’t seem to get it, that there are children dying every few minutes because we don’t want to violate the adults freedom of speech. It’s if the children are kicked to the side, and not treated equally to adults with the existing laws. Several of us NGO’s fighting this problem have met and talked about solutions, we all feel that we need a new set of laws to PROTECT our world’s children!
We’ve created and provide free software for parents to monitor their children's activities on the Internet, http://antichildporn.org/reveal.html (all this being done by volunteers, and without funding). We have created software for Law Enforcement to refine child abuse reports and search out child porn images on the Internet.
However in the United States, because of the way our government and the law enforcement agencies are set up, US law enforcement can't use our tools even if they wanted to, ACPO is a non Governmental Agency. Don't you think Law Enforcement is frustrated too! Can you imagine that you’re a special agent on a huge child porn bust, and you've spent two years working on the case, and because you or your peers made one small mistake the case is thrown out of court, and you watch the perpetrator thumb his/her nose at our judicial process.
We have been working on two books with Toby Emden (www.bookbooters.com ) and Joseph Landsman (http://home.earthlink.net/~prymeva/) that will bring public awareness to what we have seen and learned in the past 7 years. The ACPO book will expose and explain the facts; that these terrorist attacks are going on with the ALL world’s children. There is no country that is not affected by these atrocities and without all of us banding together to fight this, our children will pay the price. We also have a new member on board to help with our Public Relations Campaign. Allen Barkus "president and owner of the Ted Barkus Company, ranked 68 in the U.S. by Advertising Age Magazine, and is one of the leading independent advertising and marketing agencies in the U.S.
THE ACPO CHILD FRIENDLY AWARD:
ACPO presents the “Child Friendly” award to a selected few individuals each year, based on those individuals’ contributions to the health, safety, rights, and education of the world’s children. Qualifiers are socially responsible individuals who work on behalf of the world’s children: individuals whose efforts contribute to a better homes, schools, diets, and medical treatment for the world’s children; individuals whose work helps to produce child friendly entertainment; individuals from fields as disparate as medicine, law enforcement, and computing technology whose efforts help make the world a safer place for children. ACPO would like to thank each and every person who contributes to the welfare of children for their devotion and passion to this cause. But because of things beyond our control we’ve had to postpone the Child Friendly award
You as liaisons are the most important people especially now that we’ve taken on a new direction, in approaching this horrific problem. If you have emailed me to be a liaison or want to be a liaison please Emailwith the heading ‘liaison’ the following things:
Just a FYI, we have learned, if you are wondering, that probably 90% of the offenders (such as my stepfather ‘The officer and gentleman) would pass a background check. You as a liaison will NOT deal with any confidential information. Your job will be to notify the public.
THINGS WE WILL BE DOING DURING THE NEXT FEW MONTHS:
We at ACPO thank you for caring for our children.