IIT student serves notice on Google for porn

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In a major jolt a prominent search engine of the world, a student from IIT Kharagpur has served a legal notice to Google to filter out pornography from its search results.

The notice cites, Section 67 of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008, which makes it illegal to publish or distribute pornography on any search engine.

Ritesh Singh, the student, talking to The Pioneer, said that the Google Image Search is guilty of ‘publishing’ pornography while Google Web Search is guilty of aiding its ‘distribution’ by including it in its search results and thus it violates the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008.

“While Microsoft Bing and Yahoo search engines started filtering pornographic content from India back in 2009, Google is yet to implement provisions of the Act,” he added. Singh said that if Google did not comply with the Act even after receipt of the legal notice, he would file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).

Citing other facts, he said that most of the funding for human or sex trafficking comes from pornography.

In his well-researched legal notice to Google citing 50 sources of information, he had explained in detail as how porn funded human trafficking, was forced upon people and created a demand and thus supply for sexual abuse of children.

Statistics show that there are 1,16,000 searches for ‘Child Pornography’ keyword everyday on online search engines.

Interestingly, Ritesh is a student of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kharagpur, in which most of the students are aspiring for a career in Google.

When asked about it, Ritesh says, “Human or Sex Trafficking is much more important and urgent problem than my career. Lives of 27 million slaves are much more important than my life and career.”

Ritesh is also soliciting support from anti-trafficking, anti-porn and human rights organisations in the form of co-petitioners for the PIL. “Petitioners with a strong background in that particular field make for a much stronger case,” he says.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/bhopal/19079-iit-student-serves-notice-on-google-for-porn.html

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