The New York Times reports that a group of internet companies is launching a cooperative effort to help fight online child pornography. The group, organized by industry leaders AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft, Earthlink, and United Online will initially pay $1 million for a new project of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The project will help develop systems that will help identify child exploitation and refer cases to law enforcement. One of the first goals is to create a database that will identify pornographic images sent via eMail. John Ryan, chief counsel of AOL, said that the group will cooperate on this, as they already have on the issues of spam and identity theft… (Note: This site requires free registration.)