US ISPs standing against child porn. Or not.

Slashdot is reporting the news of an agreement signed between major American ISPs to block newgroups containing child pornography. It would be better if the agreement wasn't bull. Maybe they'll help a little, but the reality is they could do things a lot smarter if they actually cared about child pornography. It seems they care more about controlling what their users are accessing. What a surprise. From Techdirt, via Slashdot.

Taking a stand against child porn wouldn't be overly aggressively blocking access to internet destinations that may or may not have porn (and there's no review over the list to make sure that they're actually objectionable). Taking a stand against child porn would be hunting down those responsible for the child porn and making sure that they're dealt with appropriately... Also, this sets an awful precedent in that the ISPs can point out that it's ok for them to block "objectionable" content where they get to define what's objectionable without any review.