Jeff Schmidt on Internet Youth Age Verification

"Age verification" has been presented as a technique to reduce online child predation. The theory being that dividing sites on the Internet into age verified "safe" partitions and non-age-verified "unsafe" partitions will help parents and children better identify adults masquerading as youths. I discuss the security implications of age verification for the purpose of protecting children from online child predators in these papers. I welcome your comments at

Online Child Safety: A Security Professional's Take (html, pdf) A security analysis of age verification as published in the Spring 2007 edition of The Gardian, the InfraGard National Members Alliance (INMA)'s peer-reviewed security journal.
Why Internet Age Verification Makes Kids Less Safe (pdf) Although counter-intuitive, in security "something" is not always better than "nothing." This paper discusses the unusual circumstances where security measures actually do more harm than good and why age verification actually results in less security.
Evaluating Age Verification Systems (pdf) A basic taxonomy for evaluating and comparing the security strength of age verification proposals.

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