Child Protection&Online Safety

04 August 2010

US DOJ report says child porn on the rise San Francisco Chronicle

The spread of child pornography, fueled by technology and the Internet, is outpacing efforts to combat it, the Justice Department said Monday in a report to Congress that promises more arrests, prosecutions and better coordination among federal, state and local authorities.

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30 July 2010

Australian government hints at possible filter changes during election campaign The Australian

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has suggested changes could be made to the Federal Government's proposed internet filter.

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20 July 2010

Australian government plans for expert to check each banned web page The Australian

The federal government will hand-pick an "expert" to manually check up to 10,000 blacklisted web pages.

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13 July 2010

Fractious ISPs may fumble their chance on Australia's internet filter The Australian

Australian ISPs have an opportunity to see off Labor's mandatory internet censorship laws, but their disunity could let it slip.

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Facebook to launch child safety 'panic button' in Britain BBC News

Facebook has announced it will allow a "panic button" application on its social networking site.

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09 July 2010

Australian government puts internet filter on backburner ABC News

The Federal Government has deferred the introduction of its mandatory internet filtering program. Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy says the filter will not be put in place until an independent review can be carried out into what content would be banned.

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Australia's internet filter 'won't protect kids' The Age

Protecting children online could be harder with a mandatory internet filter in place, a coalition including state schools, librarians and key players in the internet industry has warned.

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07 July 2010

Australian ISP filtering legislation on the way The Australian

The federal government hopes to introduce legislation to enable its controversial internet filter by the end of the year.

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01 July 2010

Paedophiles 'increasingly access images from webcams' BBC News

Paedophiles are increasingly accessing indecent pictures of children from webcams, experts warn.

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30 June 2010

How schools can really fight cyberbullying Salon

Twelve-year-olds are just about the scariest human beings on the planet. And if you thought your own middle school years were hellish, remember, at least you didn't have Facebook. As a stomach-churning story in Sunday's New York Times makes clear -- the Internet is making it easier than ever for the Nelson Muntzes of the world to do their dirty work, and schools are struggling to figure out how to protect their kids while protecting their privacy. The ongoing challenge is -- how responsible are educators for the terrible things kids do on their own time? If a sixth grader is sending out "shocking, sexually explicit threats" to another student on a phone on a Saturday night, what recourse does a school community have?

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28 June 2010

Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray New York Times

The girl's parents, wild with outrage and fear, showed the principal the text messages: a dozen shocking, sexually explicit threats, sent to their daughter the previous Saturday night from the cellphone of a 12-year-old boy. Both children were sixth graders at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, N.J.

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22 June 2010

Facebook risk for children who are adopted The Independent

Social networking websites such as Facebook can pose a serious risk to adopted children who can be easily tracked down by birth relatives they may not be ready to meet, a charity has warned.

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20 June 2010

Austria police make record child porn seizure BBC News

A 53-year-old man has been arrested in Austria after more than a million pornographic pictures of children were found in his flat, police say.

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16 June 2010

Battle Rages Over Australia's Internet Filter Time

The concept of government-backed web censorship is usually associated with nations where human rights and freedom of speech are routinely curtailed. But if Canberra's plans for a mandatory Internet filter go ahead, Australia may soon become the first Western democracy to join the ranks of Iran, China and a handful of other nations where access to the Internet is restricted by the state.

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13 June 2010

Facebook closer to Australian security deal ABC News

Criticism of Facebook seems to have struck home with the company's US headquarters after the social networking site agreed to formally consider a call for a dedicated law enforcement liaison officer in Australia.

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10 June 2010

Child porn isn't art, Canadian Court of Appeal rules Toronto Sun

A Toronto photographer who was acquitted of possession of "repulsive" child pornography he amassed as part of an art project was ordered convicted by Ontario's highest court.

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07 June 2010

US report urges more education about online safety Washington Post

An online safety committee created by Congress will recommend on Friday that educators and government leaders focus on teaching children and parents about safe Internet practices while recognizing the limits of filtering technology in protecting young people.

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02 June 2010

'Anti-grooming' software can detect paedophiles The Independent

Scientists have developed "anti-grooming" software which can tell young people if they are chatting to an adult posing as a child on the internet.

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31 May 2010

Japanese child porn sites told to remove data [Kyodo News] Japan Times

The Metropolitan Police Department on Friday asked five companies and one individual that administer seven Web sites to delete child pornography-related data from the sites, which introduce and rank Internet child pornography, police said.

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29 May 2010

Porn ban on net and mobiles mulled by South Africa BBC News

A South African government official is proposing a complete ban on digitally distributed pornography.

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28 May 2010

Child porn sites to face quick blocks in Japan Japan Times

A working group of nine ministries and agencies has reached agreement that Internet access to child pornography sites should be blocked as soon as they are discovered, rather than waiting for site operators to comply with requests to take them down, officials said Thursday.

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25 May 2010

Google returns fire after Australian Communications Minister privacy attack ABC News

The internet giant Google today dismissed the Communications Minister's withering critique of its record on privacy.

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Australian Communications Minister delays internet filter bill ABC News

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says he plans to introduce legislation for the Federal Government's internet filter in the second half of the year.

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Australian Communications Minister slams 'creepy' Google ABC News

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has lashed out at Google, accusing the internet giant of the single biggest breach of privacy in history.

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Australia's filtering by computer fails on judgment by George Williams, Professor of Law at the University of NSW Sydney Morning Herald

The plan to filter the internet for material refused classification under Australian law is legally flawed. Australia's classification law is not compatible with the Rudd government's proposal, and in fact has its own problems that make it unsuitable as a basis for any internet "clean feed".

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