A $5 Billion Proposal to Fight Online Child Sexual Abuse

Lawmakers in Washington, after years of inattention, have identified child sexual abuse imagery and exploitation on the internet as an urgent problem. But as new legislation demonstrates, there are differing approaches to fighting a surge of the illegal activity, which tech companies are detecting in record numbers.

A bill expected to be introduced this week in both houses of Congress calls for an unparalleled crackdown on people who create and view the material. It would create nearly 200 positions at some federal law enforcement groups and double the budgets of others — allotting a total of $5 billion over 10 years — and create a Senate-confirmed official in the White House to oversee the spending.

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