Exponiendo los bajos fondos digitales

En el blog de danah boyd, un interesante análisis de por qué la eliminación de anuncios de servicios sexuales en Craigslist es perjudicial, más que beneficioso, para la investigación y detención de explotadores sexuales en Internet. Interesante porque es una perspectiva contraintuitiva del asunto: en lugar de celebrar el hecho de eliminar la libre circulación de esta oferta, en realidad lo que esto hace es llevar estas actividades a un underground digital y metadigital donde se vuelven mucho más complicados de infiltrar, investigar, seguir y detener.

The Internet has changed the dynamics of prostitution and trafficking, making it easier for prostitutes and traffickers to connect with clients without too many layers of intermediaries. As a result, the Internet has become an intermediary, often without the knowledge of those internet service providers (ISPs) who are the conduits. This is what makes people believe that they should go after ISPs like Craigslist. Faulty logic suggests that if Craigslist is effectively a digital pimp whose profiting off of online traffic, why shouldn’t it be prosecuted as such?

The problem with this logic is that it fails to account for three important differences: 1) most ISPs have a fundamental business – if not moral – interest in helping protect people; 2) the visibility of illicit activities online makes it much easier to get at, and help, those who are being victimized; and 3) a one-stop-shop is more helpful for law enforcement than for criminals. In short, Craigslist is not a pimp, but a public perch from which law enforcement can watch without being seen.

Me parece especialmente pertinente si nos ponemos a pensar en diferentes maneras por las que integramos nuevas tecnologías con el trabajo de la seguridad ciudadana.