Launched "Journal of Media and Human Rights" - How to protect children in the AI Era


The use of generative AI to create and trade sexually abusive images of children is spreading on Japanese social media. The BBC, a British public broadcaster, reported in June this year.

"Sharing sexually explicit cartoons and drawings of children is not illegal in Japan." the BBC criticizes.

Subsequently, some Japanese news reports also revealed that a large number of sexual images of children, believed to have been created by a generated AI, have been posted on domestic websites.

I have been pointing out the problem of created child sexual images (virtual child pornography) for more than 10 years. It can be said that Japan's continued neglect of countermeasures has led to the current situation.

In the future, it is imperative that we urgently deepen the discussion on how to counter virtual child pornography, including those by AI. Therefore, I have launched a collection of articles, " Journal of Media and Human Rights," as a reference material. The Journal introduces theories and scientific data on virtual child pornography.


 Journal of Media and Human Rights 2023 Vol.1 No.1

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Why Virtual Child Pornography is a Problem

1. "Freedom of Expression" and Virtual Child Pornography

(1) Limits of Freedom of Expression

(2) Reality and scientific data on virtual child pornography

(3) The nature of the problem of virtual child pornography

2 Child Sexual Abuse and the Media

(1) Sexuality of children targeted

(2) Problems of depiction in sexual media

3 Criticisms against Japan from the International Community

 (1) World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

(2) Japanese Virtual Child Pornography Used for Sex Crimes in Other Countries

4 Research Objectives and Methodology

(1) Problem and research objectives

(2) Research questions

(3) Research Methodology

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