Child Protection&Online Safety

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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21 May 2010

Facebook's a jungle, but kids can cope ABC News

Facebook's popularity with children has led to concerns they are getting caught up in a sinister world they are not ready for.

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13 May 2010

Child abuse 'big business online': Internet Watch Foundation BBC News

There are around 450 criminal gangs around the world making money from images of child sex abuse, the UK's Internet Watch Foundation has said.

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11 May 2010

Australian police add image-matching to anti-paedophile arsenal Computerworld

Police across Australia will crack down on child pornography with an image matching platform in development in Queensland that is set to go national at the end of the year.

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10 May 2010

Australian government pledges not to broaden filter scope ABC News

Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has given a pre-election undertaking not to broaden the Government's proposed level of internet censorship.

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03 May 2010

Kiwi kids at risk - watchdog fingers Facebook New Zealand Herald

Almost half of all New Zealanders now use online social networks - but most of us are hugely concerned about the information children are sharing on the internet.

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01 May 2010

Child porn 'ranking sites' targeted in Japan Japan Times

Tokyo police on Friday asked four Internet site operators to delete so-called ranking sites that could guide Web surfers to child pornography.

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29 April 2010

More than 2m child pornography images were circulated by just 100 paedophiles convicted in past 20 months Daily Mail

More than two million indecent internet images of children were circulated by 100 child sex offenders convicted in the past 20 months, an NSPCC investigation found.

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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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