Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 8 Oct 1998 to 10 Oct 1998
Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 8 Oct 1998 to 10 Oct 1998
Mon, 12 Oct 1998 20:46:51 -0700
>Having argued this point for some time, I'm convinced that, for someone
>spooked by the Internet, you've got about as good a chance to convince
>Oliver Stone that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone! Sorry, but be prepared
>for irrational reactions to even the most well-crafted presentation.
I find this to be quite amusing, but I'm objecting to the contents. There
are very good reasons to be carefull about what you put on the internet.
>how many pedophiles are really going to be trolling unit Web sites
>for contact info?
I don't claim to know. I believe that pedophiles are not likely the ones
who do bad things to information on the internet, they may be more likely
to get their victims otherwise. However pedophiles are not the only thread.
It is sometme surprising what threats there are; information which is
totally benign to one person can be a threat in different circumstances.
Have you tried using search engines? It is amazing what you can find
out if you spend some time and have some knowledge of the technology.
Unless you get some good value out of publishing private data, why run the
>I have repeatedly challenged those who would severely restrict (or
>even ban) Web sites to name even *one* instance of abuse or attempted
>abuse arising from a youth-group Web site. To date, no one has ever
This isn't about severely restricting Web sites. This isn't about banning
the web, but about using restraint in what you publish.
I take your challenge. I know about a case where internet activity
resulted in police action. I will not provide details; they aren't very
I have even removed information from my own web site because somebody
asked me too. This in spite of being very careful from the beginning.
For my web policy see http://www.PacificSkylineCouncil.org/scouting/disclaimer.html
It even has an example of (rather benign) missuse.