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6/27/06-Washington, D.C.

Internet Providers Join Forces To Fight Child Porn

Five leading online service providers are joining forces to fight online child pornography.

They plan to create a database of child-pornography images and develop other tools to prevent distribution of the images.

The companies pledged one (m) million dollars to set up a technology coalition as part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The center would collect known child-porn images and create a unique mathematical signature for each one based on a common formula.

Each participating company would scan its users' images for matches.

A-O-L plans to check e-mail attachments that are already being scanned for viruses.

If child porn is detected, it would refer the case to the missing-children's center for further investigation, which Internet Service Providers must do under federal law.

The government has been pressuring I-S-Ps to do more to help combat child pornography.

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Posted by 6pm News Producer Kelly Hefelfinger khefelfinger@kltv.com

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