Saturday, March 27, 2010


Me, sarcastically, earlier this month:
according to Home Secretary Alan Johnson the British and American governments are thinking of "ways to flag up when a convicted sex offender goes online", because computers can be made to detect Paedo-fingers when they start tapping at a keyboard.
In the news today:

New research from Newcastle University has claimed paedophiles could be identified on internet sites by the way they type.

With just ten keystrokes, American Professor Roy Maxion claimed to be able to establish the sex, age and cultural background of a user, which could help in the fight against paedophiles grooming youngsters on the internet.

I suppose paedophiles on Facebook usually type one handed but beyond that I am sceptical as to whether this will work.


JuliaM said...

The only way this could work is if it flagged up a discrepancy and showed that Tiffany, seven, loves horses and 'Glee' is really Albert, forty-five, loves 'Debbie Does Dallas' and Havana cigars.

So, as soon as the paedos get their hands on the same tech (and they will), the old joke that on the Internet men are men, women are men, and ten year old girls are FBI agents is going to be rather obsolete....

Mark Wadsworth said...

I wouldn't immediately dismiss the idea that you can recognise people by how they type. If you read the books about Enigma and all that, the radio operators claim that they could recognise different German radio operators by the way they typed Morse code.