File-Sharing Programs: Users of Peer-to-Peer Networks Can Readily Access Child Pornography Metadata

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  • Main Title File-Sharing Programs: Users of Peer-to-Peer Networks Can Readily Access Child Pornography


  • Author: United States. General Accounting Office.
    Creator Type: Organization


  • Name: United States. General Accounting Office.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2003-09-09


  • English


  • Content Description: Testimony issued by the General Accounting Office with an abstract that begins "The availability of child pornography has dramatically increased in recent years as it has migrated from printed material to the World Wide Web, becoming accessible through Web sites, chatrooms, newsgroups, and now the increasingly popular peer-to-peer file sharing programs. These programs enable direct communication between users, allowing users to access each other's files and share digital music, images, and video. GAO was requested to determine the ease of access to child pornography on peer-to-peer networks; the risk of inadvertent exposure of juvenile users of peer-to-peer networks to pornography, including child pornography; and the extent of federal law enforcement resources available for combating child pornography on peer-to-peer networks. Today's testimony is based on GAO's report on the results of that work (GAO- 03-351), Because child pornography cannot be accessed legally other than by law enforcement agencies, GAO worked with the Customs Cyber-Smuggling Center in performing searches: Customs downloaded and analyzed image files, and GAO performed analyses based on keywords and file names only."


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Government accountability -- United States.
  • Keyword: information management
  • Keyword: file-sharing programs
  • Keyword: testimony


  • Place Name: United States


  • Name: Government Accountability Office Reports
    Code: GAORT


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD


  • Rights License: pd

Resource Type

  • Text


  • Text


  • Report No.: GAO-03-1115T
  • Accession or Local Control No: 110296
  • URL:
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc294403