Child Protection&Online Safety

24 March 2010

Australian govt's filter plan unworkable, says Google Australia The Australian

Fresh from halting censorship of search results in China, internet giant Google says Australia's mandatory ISP filter is both unworkable and unwanted by parents.

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23 March 2010

Russia close second to U.S. in child porn UPI

Russia is second only to the United States in the production of Internet child pornography, a Russian children's rights advocate says.

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Australian government divided on internet filtering plan The Australian

The mandatory ISP internet filtering scheme is fast becoming a political liability for the government, with divisions in caucus becoming apparent.

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22 March 2010

Child pornography in Japan: A belated attempt to curb a pernicious form of child pornography The Economist

In her high-school uniform, neatly brushed hair and sweet smile, the young girl represents the innocence of youth. Next she is naked, having sex and seeming to enjoy it. The manga, or comic book Puru-Mero (Jiggle-Melons), picked up at a convenience store, is meant to titillate. But although children are depicted sexually, the images are not illegal in Japan, because they are illustrations.

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21 March 2010

Rethinking America's Sex Offender Laws for Youth Texting New York Times

In Iowa, Jorge Canal is on the sex offenders registry because, at age 18, he was convicted of distributing obscene materials to a minor after he sent a picture of his penis by cellphone to a 14-year-old female friend who had requested it.

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18 March 2010

Child porn, drugs lead Internet content complaints in Japan Computerworld

Complaints to a Japanese Internet watchdog regarding illegal content almost doubled in 2009, led by a surge in reports related to child pornography and illegal drugs.

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13 March 2010

Websites told to remove material promoting self-harm in UK The Guardian

Doctors today called on websites to remove any material which romanticises or promotes self-harm by young people, as figures emerged suggesting a significant rise in the numbers admitted to hospital.

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10 March 2010

Users to blame for Facebook vandalism: net industry Sydney Morning Herald

The shocking vandalism of tribute Facebook pages for slain Australian children could have been avoided if only users, not Facebook, put more effort into policing the site, the internet industry says.

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Art or porn? New NSW laws to paint clearer picture ABC News

The New South Wales Government says it will introduce laws into Parliament this week to clarify what is art and what is child pornography.

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British police criticise Facebook safety record after Ashleigh Hall murder The Guardian

Senior police officers clashed with the UK's most-used social networking site today, accusing Facebook of ignoring worrying trends that it is providing a safe haven for predatory paedophiles by refusing to sign up to a "panic button" for children and young people.

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09 March 2010

Facebook security measures criticised in Britain after Ashleigh Hall murder The Guardian

Facebook was today accused of a "glaring failure" to implement advice on protecting children online after the conviction of a man for kidnapping, raping and murdering a teenager he ensnared using the social networking site.

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Facebook fears after British sex offender logged on to murder The Independent

Questions were last night raised about the monitoring of the online activity of sex offenders after it emerged that a convicted rapist was able to use the social networking site Facebook to befriend a vulnerable teenager he then raped and murdered.

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21 February 2010

Hardcore comics sidestep Japanese porn law Sydney Morning Herald

Tourists in the Akihabara district of the Japanese capital are typically struck by the flashing signs, blaring jingles and garish outfits on its streets.

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19 February 2010

New Internet Child Porn Legislation Embarrasses German Government Der Spiegel

A new bill to fight child pornography has been signed into law by Germany's president. There's only one problem: The government has decided it no longer wants it. They are now in the awkward position of relying on opposition help to repeal the legislation.

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17 February 2010

Google and Yahoo raise doubts over planned Australian net filters BBC News

Google and Yahoo have joined two Australian organisations calling for a "rethink" of the country's controversial internet filter plans.

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09 February 2010

Safer Internet Day targets 5-7 year olds and Microsoft's web browser The Guardian

It's the EU's annual Safer Internet Day today and CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, is using it to raise awareness among children and parents. In particular, it's promoting a new animated film, Lee and Kim's Adventures, which aims to help children aged from 5-7 to understand "the concepts of personal information and trust" and thus stay safer online. Research published last year by Ofcom suggested that 80% of this age group use the net.

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05 February 2010

Tough new Australian child porn rules The Age

Police will be able to destroy computers carrying suspected child pornography even where the material is highly encrypted and impossible to access, under a tightening of federal sex offence laws.

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Australian child predators to face harsher penalties ABC News

The Federal Government is moving to strengthen the nation's child sex exploitation laws by making it illegal to be a member of a child pornography network.

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04 February 2010

Child Pornography, and an Issue of Restitution New York Times

... Now, with the help of an inventive lawyer, the young woman known as Amy -- her real name has been withheld in court to prevent harassment -- is fighting back. She is demanding that everyone convicted of possessing even a single Misty image pay her damages until her total claim of $3.4 million has been met.

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05 January 2010

Child porn victims getting younger - NZ Internal Affairs New Zealand Herald

Children as young as a few months old are being targeted by New Zealand's child pornography offenders, as they continue to seek even younger victims.

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27 December 2009

Search Engines Research Helping Children Find What They Need on the Internet New York Times

... When considering children, search engines had long focused on filtering out explicit material from results. But now, because increasing numbers of children are using search as a starting point for homework, exploration or entertainment, more engineers are looking to children for guidance on how to improve their tools.

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20 December 2009

Outcry on Australian internet censorship The Age

The Federal Government's proposal for an internet filter faces a barrage of criticism, including from both sides of politics and a former High Court judge.

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18 December 2009

Australian net filter to block internet nasties will compromise NBN, say ISPs The Australian

Internet service providers believe Labor's filter to block web nasties could well neuter its cherished national broadband network.

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Microsoft Tackles the Child Pornography Problem New York Times

The Internet is a hyper-efficient distribution channel for media of all kinds. So it is hardly surprising, even if disturbing, that the march of the Net has also brought "an explosion in the spread of child pornography," as Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, put it.

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17 December 2009

Australian attempt to censor child porn, violence against woman, bestiality and other offensive material on internet The Australian

Internet sites that feature acts of child pornography, violence against women, bestiality and detailed instruction of crime or drug use will be blocked from reaching Australian users under controversial legislation backed by Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

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