Child Protection&Online Safety

18 December 2009

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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15 December 2009

Green light for Australian internet filter plans ABC News

The Federal Government has detailed its plan to require ISPs in Australia to block a list of banned material.

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13 December 2009

Women go online to share child sex-abuse fantasies Independent on Sunday

Thousands of women appear to be using the internet to share sexual fantasies of abuse involving children.

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10 December 2009

Internet safety for British school children targeted BBC News

Lessons in using the internet safely are set to become a compulsory part of the curriculum for primary school children in England from 2011.

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04 December 2009

Survey: One-Third of American Youths Engage in Sexting Wired

If you think the sexting phenomenon is growing, you're not imagining it. According to a new survey, almost one-third of youths admit they've engaged in sexting-related activities that involved either e-mailing a photo or video of themselves in the nude or being the recipient of such images.

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01 December 2009

Child porn cases take toll on investigators leading US fed govt's war on child porn Washington Post

D.C. police detective Timothy Palchak spends his days trawling the Internet for people willing to send him child pornography. It isn't easy work, pretending to be a pedophile. in online chats, instant messages and telephone calls, Palchak must enter the psyche of men he describes as "the scum of the Earth."

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Will Canadian web child-porn bill do more harm than good? by Michael Geist Toronto Star

Last week federal Justice Minister Robert Nicholson introduced new legislation that, if enacted, will establish mandatory disclosure requirements for Internet providers to report child pornography websites or subscribers they believe are using their service to violate child pornography laws.

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19 November 2009

Opinion: Why Is Child Pornography on Your PC? Huffington Post

Anti-virus protection, critical security patches, and a secure wireless connection have always been essential processes on my networks. My main concern has always been to protect my bank account by keeping the bad guy out.

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Social networking sites 'need help buttons' for bullied kids BBC News

Major social networking sites MySpace and Facebook have been criticised for failing to introduce a help button for children being bullied online.

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18 November 2009

Will the net widen to protect children online? The Guardian

Barely a day passes without reports of attempts by paedophiles to groom underage children for sexual liaisons using internet chatrooms or other contacts. But what is the government, which set up a high profile group to tackle the issue back in 2007, going to do it about? After more than two years we may be about to find out after it was confirmed on Friday that Gordon Brown will present a new national child internet safety strategy on 8 December at No 10.

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13 November 2009

47% of English 14-year-olds 'are bullied' BBC News

Nearly half of 14-year-olds in England have experienced some sort of bullying, a study of 10,000 teenagers for the government suggests.

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08 November 2009

British bid to block paedophiles from Facebook fails as it would breach human rights law The Observer

Government plans to block paedophiles from using social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace have been shelved because of fears that such a move would breach human rights laws.

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05 November 2009

Sweden to make looking at child porn illegal IOL Technology

Sweden plans to make it illegal to look at child pornography, beefing up its ban on possession of child porn that does not apply to those who merely view such images on the Internet, it said.

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31 October 2009

Molly is a teenage girl who likes Hannah Montana, Lily Allen and Pink (or so the covert investigator who plays her would like internet paedophiles to think) The Independent

For a middle-aged man, Jonathan Taylor's music and television tastes could be described as peculiar. He spends his spare time watching Hannah Montana and listening to Lily Allen and Pink. For this sacrifice, his three young daughters think him a wonderful father. But, rather like Montana, Mr Taylor is living a double life.

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25 October 2009

Is It Safe to Post Children's Images on Online Photo Sites? New York Times

For Jessica Gwozdz, a professional photographer and mother of two, Flickr was a blessing. It allowed her to share photos of her children, Grace and Henry, with distant, tech-averse relatives for whom a username and password would have been too great an obstacle. It even allowed potential clients to freely browse her gallery.

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21 October 2009

Without Honour and Humanity: Japan's Yakuza deals in child pornography ABC News

Reporting on the Yakuza is a deadly dangerous endeavour. Japan's 80,000 strong criminal class don't take kindly to nosey reporters and uncomfortable questions. Nevertheless North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy has managed to pry open a window on this highly secretive society to examine the Yakuza's power and place in contemporary Japan.

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United Nations offers advice on how to protect children online Daily Telegraph [UK]

Child carers and regulators are slowly venturing into cyberspace to protect children from abuse.

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16 October 2009

More UK web users reporting child pornography PC Advisor

More web users than ever are reporting child pornography images on the web, says the Internet Watch Foundation.

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08 October 2009

Japan hit over child porn - UNICEF head says lack of curbs online spreads menace abroad Japan Times

The head of UNICEF on Tuesday condemned Japan's laws on child pornography, saying the country is falling behind global standards and is guilty of spreading illegal material abroad.

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01 October 2009

Content filtering works, Enex trial shows Australian IT

Results of a federal government trial show that live ISP-level content filtering does not have a negative impact on network performance and can work in a real-time environment.

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Victoria Police home in on child porn The Age

Victoria Police have secretly identified thousands of child pornography suspects who are allegedly trading images through international online networks.

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18 September 2009

750,000 paedophiles prowling the net: UN ABC News

About 750,000 sexual predators are constantly prowling the internet in a bid to gain contact with children, a United Nations report warned.

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14 September 2009

Ministers need to act quickly on child internet safety, warns UK adviser The Times

Millions of children are still at risk online because moves to enhance internet safety have stalled, according to Gordon Brown's adviser on the issue.

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08 September 2009

Conroy's blazing guns won't tame the 'wild west' web by Colin Jacobs, Electronic Frontiers Australia Australian IT

Our politicians like to describe the internet as the Wild West, implying it's a lawless haven for pirates, pornographers and pedophiles. While a few libertarian nerds and the Russian mafia might favour such anarchy, the implication is clear that it's time a government lawman stepped in to make the place safe for decent, law-abiding, internet-using folks, in particular, vulnerable children. Apparently our Communications Minister Stephen Conroy thinks he's just the man for the job.

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