Child Protection&Online Safety

17 July 2008

uk: Online junk-food ads 'targeting children' The Independent

Children are continuing to be targeted by junk food companies advertising their products over the internet or through "viral" promotions, despite a ban on television adverts promoting unhealthy food to the under-16s.

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16 July 2008

Aust Govt, industry welcome new online code of practice PC World

The Communications minister has signaled the government's support for the Content Services Code, an Internet Industry Association code of practice for providers of online and mobile phone content.

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12 July 2008

AT&T and AOL Agree to Fight Child Pornography New York Tmes

Two of the largest Internet service providers, AT&T and America Online, have reached agreements with the state attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, to eliminate access to newsgroups where child pornography is posted and purge their own servers of child pornography Web sites.

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10 July 2008

za: Child porn sale, circulation soars; difficult for courts to monitor IOL Technology

The production, sale and circulation of child pornography is increasing at a worrying rate. And South African courts are battling to comprehend the magnitude of child pornography even though the country has specific anti-pornography legislation.

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07 July 2008

jp: Only 20% of known child porn sites heed watchdog's call to shut down Japan Times

Only 20 percent of some 1,600 known child pornography sites were taken off the Internet in 2007 despite pressure from a Tokyo-based watchdog that monitors the harmful sites, the group said Friday.

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17 June 2008

au: ISPs: Govt porn filters 'could cripple internet' ZDNet

Broadband providers Internode and iiNet have hit out against the Federal government's ISP-level content filtering initiative -- a scheme that could cripple Australia's high-speed internet access, according to one exec.

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14 June 2008

US ISPs: We're limiting our own Usenet groups, not blocking others CNet

An announcement this week by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo that three Internet service providers would "block" sources of child porn has caused a surprising amount of confusion.

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13 June 2008

Do ISPs Stand a Chance Against Child Pornographers? E-Commerce Times

Virtually no one objects to the concept of adopting laws and policies to stem the tide of child pornography proliferating on the Internet. So, the announcement on Tuesday that Verizon, Time Warner Cable and Sprint Nextel have agreed to block access to Web sites that harbor such content was uniformly welcomed -- even if the end result will be to keep just a small percentage of child pornography offline. The Internet service providers will confront daunting technical and legal issues as they attempt to execute on their commitment.

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12 June 2008

Australian child porn bust suicides feared - counselling offered Australian IT

Men charged in one of Australia's largest internet child pornography investigations are being offered counselling to stop them taking their own lives.

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France to Block Child Pornography Websites Reuters

France plans to use the help of Internet service providers to block websites which disseminate child pornography, Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said on Tuesday.

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us: Anti-Child-Porn Tactic Criticized: Thwarting Payments Makes Users Hard to Track, Report Says Washington Post

The decision yesterday by three Internet service providers to block access to online child pornography is the latest in a series of steps by companies and government officials to curb the distribution of such materials. But a report to be published later this month questions whether such actions are making it more difficult to track users.

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11 June 2008

Aust Federal police anti-porn operations cut by razor gang Computerworld

The Rudd government's razor gang has cut funding from the Australian Federal Police anti-child porn operations, including its online capability.

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us: 3 ISPs Will Block Sites With Child Sex New York Times

Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have agreed to block access to Internet bulletin boards and Web sites nationwide that disseminate child pornography.

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10 June 2008

Online child abuse: First a look, then a touch too far Sydney Morning Herald

Is the internet encouraging child porn viewers to take their perversity a step further? It's a question that has troubled investigators and psychologists grappling with the explosion of web-enabled sexual crimes against children.

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09 June 2008

us: A rallying cry against cyberbullying CNet

Lawmakers and Internet executives are perking up to the growing problem of kid bully fights on the Web.

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08 June 2008

More charges laid over Australian child porn bust ABC

Queensland police have charged another two men overnight as part of Operation Centurion, a major national child pornography investigation.

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07 June 2008

uk: Time taken to shut child abuse sites criticised The Guardian

UK child protection experts have called for greater efforts to patrol child abuse websites after a study revealed that it takes a month on average to take them down from the internet.

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06 June 2008

Child sex abuse: Operation Centurion's shocking fact file Sydney Morning Herald

More than one million child exploitation images have been seized by federal and state police forces in co-ordinated raids around the country that have uncovered 90 alleged offenders, AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty said this morning.

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05 June 2008

70 arrested in Australian, 55 in Spain, in 2 child porn busts ABC

Seventy people have been arrested in a nation-wide child pornography bust dubbed Operation Centurion.

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02 June 2008

Fighting the Web Bullying That Led to a Suicide New York Times

When Tina Meier's 13-year-old daughter, Megan, committed suicide in October 2006 after being bullied on the Internet, her grief was so encompassing that she said she felt at times she could not breathe. Ms. Meier said she had trouble being around loved ones who reminded her of her child. Even today, recollections of those first holidays after Megan's death are foggy at best.

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29 May 2008

uk: Computer generated child abuse 'banned' BBC

Drawings and computer-generated images of child sex abuse would be made illegal in the UK under proposals announced by Justice Minister Maria Eagle.

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23 May 2008

uk: Net downloads to get age ratings BBC

Age ratings for downloaded video content and video games are to be introduced in the UK. Overseen by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), the scheme will see certificates appear on websites, via set-top boxes and portable players.

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21 May 2008

US Supreme Court Upholds Child Pornography Law New York Times

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the latest Congressional effort to curb the spread of child pornography on the Internet, a 2003 law that makes it a crime to offer or solicit sexually explicit images of children.

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18 May 2008

Missouri lawmakers pass bill against cyber-harassment after MySpace suicide case Los Angeles Times

Responding to the suicide of a Missouri teenager who was teased over the Internet, state lawmakers Friday gave final approval to a bill making cyber-harassment illegal.

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US Senators OK $1 billion for online child porn fight CNet

A U.S. Senate panel has unanimously approved a bill that would encourage federal, state, and local police to use and create special software designed to nab child pornography swappers on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.

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