Child Protection&Online Safety

29 April 2010

Australian opt-in ISP-level Internet filter wasn't feasible: Academics Computerworld

An opt-in/opt-out ISP-level filter, first suggested in the February 2008 Feasibility Study into ISP Level Content Filtering, was never a feasible alternative to the current ACMA blacklist, according to academics and industry experts.

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Wikipedia rejects child porn accusation Sydney Morning Herald

Wikipedia has strongly rejected its departed co-founder's accusation that the online encyclopedia served up child pornography.

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27 April 2010

US Justices to Consider Law Limiting the Sale of Violent Video Games New York Times

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether California may forbid the sale of violent video games to children.

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23 April 2010

Australia pushes net censorship in Washington Sydney Morning Herald

Australian government reps have recently met US officials in Washington to discuss concerns over the forthcoming internet censorship regime raised by the US ambassador to Australia and the US State Department.

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22 April 2010

Beyond a Facebook 'panic button' The Guardian

A button for reporting abuse is crucial, but online child safety measures also need to address data protection and privacy

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19 April 2010

Facebook offers British charities free ads in child safety row The Times

Facebook is offering millions of pounds of free advertising to children's charities as part of a charm offensive following a row with police over the installation of an online safety button.

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17 April 2010

Tightening the net: Australia and its internet filter proposal The Age

It was hardly what the government wanted to hear. When Communications Minister Stephen Conroy commissioned a technology company to test his proposed internet filter, he was hoping it would back the policy close to his heart. For more than a year he had been pushing a mandatory filter to block users from accessing the child abuse, bestiality and DIY terrorist guides that populate the darkest corners of cyberspace.

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16 April 2010

Facebook puts faith in its software smarts to see off sexual predators The Guardian

Facebook has developed sophisticated algorithms to monitor its users and detect inappropriate and predatory behaviour, bolstering its latest raft of initiatives to improve the safety of its users.

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Google complains to Washington over Australian net filter The Australian

Google Australia has voiced its concerns over the Rudd Government's controversial mandatory ISP filtering plan directly to the US State Department.

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15 April 2010

British police tell Facebook: your efforts to combat paedophiles are not enough The Independent

Facebook has come under attack from Britain's most senior police officers, who have criticised the social-networking giant for refusing to adopt a "panic button" which would allow victims of online sexual grooming to report their concerns directly to the authorities.

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Do web filters hinder free speech? Al Jazeera

Internet filtering has been a standard tool for fighting unwanted online content for more than a decade. However, the debate over its legitimacy and effectiveness continues to rage, pitting politicians and regulators against technologists and free speech advocates.

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Cost of sexting failing to hit home ABC News

Under the radar of parents and teachers, more and more Australian teenagers are using their mobile phones to take nude or semi-nude photos of themselves before sending them to friends.

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13 April 2010

Facebook resists installing on-site 'panic button' BBC News

Facebook is continuing to resist placing a "panic button" on its pages despite calls to do so by the head of a British child protection agency.

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12 April 2010

Facebook meeting on safety with Ceop due in Washington BBC News

Facebook has been urged to add "panic buttons" to its pages by the head of a British child protection agency at a meeting in Washington DC.

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10 April 2010

US, EU against Internet child porn The Age

The United States and the European Union Friday announced they plan to launch a joint action programme to fight child pornography on the Internet. The agreement was announced at the end of an EU-US meeting of justice and interior ministers in Madrid.

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Cyber-bullies more harmful: researcher West Australian

Cyber-bullying has a more harmful effect on victims than face-to-face bullying but teachers lack the training to adequately deal with the growing problem, according to one of WA's leading cyber-bullying researchers.

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09 April 2010

Facebook accused of failing to report suspected paedophiles The Independent

Facebook has not passed a single complaint about suspected paedophiles grooming vulnerable child users to police in Britain, it was claimed today.

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03 April 2010

British teachers suffer cyberbullying by pupils and parents The Guardian

More than one in seven teachers has been the victim of cyberbullying by pupils or parents, and almost half know a colleague who has been targeted, according to a survey published today.

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02 April 2010

Japanese police boost efforts to tackle rise in child pornography cases Japan Today

The National Police Agency stepped up efforts Thursday to tackle the spread of child pornography, assigning around 10 agency employees to analyze Internet images and to cooperate with foreign investigative authorities after the number of child porn cases in Japan hit a record high in 2009.

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31 March 2010

Combating Child Abuse on the Web: Germany Resists EU Plans to Block Child Porn Sites Der Spiegel

Germany's justice minister is fighting EU plans to block access to child pornography sites because she doesn't think the measures would work. She wants such sites shut down instead. The opposition Greens and SPD party agree with her.

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Was the US only asking Australia for internet filter info? ZDNet

The office of Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has issued a statement which appears to imply the US State Department had merely asked the Federal Government for background information on its controversial internet filtering project.

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30 March 2010

Australian government goes to war with Google over internet censorship Sydney Morning Herald

The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has launched a stinging attack on Google and its credibility in response to the search giant's campaign against the government's internet filtering policy.

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European Commission wants stronger sanctions against child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child pornography Reuters

The EU Commission wants member states to agree to block access to child pornography websites and impose tougher punishments on child abusers and human trafficking gangs, it said on Monday.

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29 March 2010

Australian govt and US at odds on net filter The Australian

The Obama administration has questioned the Rudd government's plan to introduce an internet filter, saying it runs contrary to the US's foreign policy of encouraging an open internet to spread economic growth and global security.

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28 March 2010

British courts rapped for giving 'too short' jail terms to paedophiles who offend online The Observer

Paedophiles convicted of downloading images of child abuse from the internet are not receiving rehabilitation treatment because the sentences they are given are too short, public protection experts warn today. A dossier collected by the probation union, Napo, reveals that typical sentences given to online paedophiles often fall far short of recommendations made by court-appointed experts who prepare pre-sentencing reports for judges.

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