Child Protection&Online Safety

30 March 2011

A Victim, Her Picture and Facebook New York Times

The truth, said Chrissy Criscitiello, is that she never gave a moment's thought to the deal she was making when she posted pictures on Facebook. "They're of me and my friends when we go out," Ms. Criscitiello said. "My son's graduation. My husband's family reunion. A vacation we went on to Lake Wallenpaupack.

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29 March 2011

Swedish Company Tackles Child Abuse Images Wall Street Journal

Child sexual abuse images are a heinous problem on the internet which have persisted despite years of effort to purge them. Now a Swedish company is offering an innovative approach that can match any image against a database of known child pornography regardless of the source of the image, or if the computer is online.

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28 March 2011

A Girl's Nude Photo, and Altered Lives New York Times

One day last winter Margarite posed naked before her bathroom mirror, held up her cellphone and took a picture. Then she sent the full-length frontal photo to Isaiah, her new boyfriend.

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25 March 2011

Australian child porn Facebook troll gets 3 years ABC News

A Brisbane man has been sentenced to three years' jail for defacing internet tribute pages set up for two slain children.

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24 March 2011

Child pornographers use online social networks to foil investigators Washington Times

The raid started out as routine. Investigators had heard that a convicted sex offender in Seattle was talking to others about sexually abusing a child.

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Facebook Removes 20,000 Underage Users Every Day Huffington Post

Facebook's privacy policy states that users must be at least 13 years old to create an account. Nevertheless, scores of underage users allegedly skirt the social network's rules by listing false ages.

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17 March 2011

Four Australians high up in international pedophile ring The Australian

Four Australian men are alleged to be high-ranking members of a global pedophile ring busted by a three-year international police effort.

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World's largest paedophile ring uncovered BBC News

Police from around the world say they have broken up the largest internet paedophile ring yet discovered.

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16 March 2011

Global campaign rids web of child sexual abuse images in half the time BBC News

Internet companies are getting better at removing images of child sexual abuse, according to the charity that monitors the problem.

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15 March 2011

Anti-Bullying Conference at the White House

In a packed East Room, the President and First Lady hosted the first-ever White House anti-bullying conference yesterday. Speaking in their duel roles as first couple and parents of two young children, they spoke to many of the issues that families across the country face as they raise their kids.

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13 March 2011

Facebook Users Who Are Under Age Raise Concerns New York Times

The fake ID has gone digital, and spread to elementary school. Across the nation, millions of young people are lying about their ages so they can create accounts on popular sites like Facebook and Myspace. These sites require users to be 13 or older, to avoid federal regulations that apply to sites with younger members. But to children, that rule is a minor obstacle that stands between them and what everybody else is doing.

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Obama takes on bullies at White House anti-bullying summit Christian Science Monitor

Partly it's because he grew up being teased about his big ears, and partly it's because he has two young daughters: For President Obama, the nation's bullying problem is one he takes personally.

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11 March 2011

Friends to help police bullying and abuse on Facebook BBC News

Facebook users who are being bullied or abused can now report the problem to friends, as well as site moderators.

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10 March 2011

Obamas Address Bullying In Facebook Video, Prepare For Conference On Prevention Huffington Post

In preparation for the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, the president and first lady released a video urging Americans to participate in helping to end bullying in schools and communities nationwide.

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09 March 2011

Australian government to censor iTunes app store Sydney Morning Herald

Australians will soon be able to complain about mobile game apps they take offence to and get them removed from app stores such as Apple's iTunes if they're deemed "refused classification".

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08 March 2011

Michigan Town Split on Child Pornography Charges New York Times

People in this economically pressed town near Lake Michigan are divided into two camps: Those who think Evan Emory should pay hard for what he did, and those who think he should be let off easy.

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14 February 2011

European MPs putting child pornographers' rights ahead of abuse victims, claim campaigners The Observer

European MPs have been accused of putting the rights of child pornographers ahead of abused children after it emerged that they are to water down new laws, backed by the UK government, for curbing the dissemination of child abuse images.

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12 February 2011

Julian Assange helped crack Victorian kid porn ring The Australian

As a young man nearly 20 years ago, Julian Assange used his prodigious computer skills to help the Victorian police catch online pedophiles.

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10 February 2011

In Tokyo, a Crackdown on Sexual Images of Minors New York Times

In a manga comic book that is well known here, "My Wife Is an Elementary School Student," a 24-year-old teacher marries a 12-year-old girl as part of a top-secret social experiment.

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09 February 2011

Digital Agenda: Commission to step up efforts to safeguard children online Europa

On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2011, the European Commission today announced that it will step up talks with ICT industry and children's organisations to encourage the design of safer products to help keep children safe online. Moreover, the Commission will shortly review the 2006 Recommendation on minors and how to protect them in audiovisual media and Internet and on the 2008 Communication on the protection of youngsters from harmful content in video games.

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29 January 2011

US Court Rejects Judge's Assertion of a Child Pornography Gene New York Times

A federal appeals court in Manhattan overturned a six-and-a-half-year sentence in a child pornography case on Friday, saying the judge who imposed it improperly found that the defendant would return to viewing child pornography "because of an as-of-yet undiscovered gene."

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17 January 2011

Child sex trafficking in UK on the rise with even younger victims targeted using mobiles and web to groom victims The Guardian

White, black and Asian children at risk with abusers using mobiles and web to groom victims, say Barnardo's

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13 January 2011

Child Porn Blocking Won't Work, Says Euro ISPs TechWorld

The EU's attempts to get all member states to block porn at ISP level would do little to stop the problem, the European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA) has said.

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11 January 2011

European Parliament considers Web blocking PC World

Members of the European Parliament Monday prepared their position on whether mandatory E.U.-wide Web blocking of certain sites should be introduced, prompting concern from digital rights groups.

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British paedophile could spend life in jail for role in paedophile ring The Guardian

Colin Blanchard, the IT consultant who created and shared images of child sex abuse with nursery worker Vanessa George, could spend the rest of his life in jail for his role as the "hub" of a paedophile ring.

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