Child Protection&Online Safety

02 January 2009

In Several US States, A Push to Stem Cyberbullying Washington Post

In California, a hateful Internet campaign followed sixth-grader Olivia Gardner through three schools. In Vermont, a humiliated Ryan Halligan, 13, took his own life after being encouraged to do so by one of his middle-school peers. And in perhaps the most notorious case, Lori Drew, 49, was recently convicted on misdemeanor charges for posing as a teenage boy on MySpace to woo and then reject 13-year-old Megan Meier of Missouri, who later hanged herself in her closet.

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30 December 2008

US cyberbullying laws do little to deter behaviour, experts say The Guardian

Legal experts say the long-term impact of cyberbullying laws in America just beginning to take shape

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28 December 2008

Internet sites could be given 'cinema-style age ratings', UK Culture Secretary says Daily Telegraph

Internet sites could be given cinema-style age ratings as part of a Government crackdown on offensive and harmful online activity to be launched in the New Year, the Culture Secretary says.

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17 December 2008

Free broadband plan stirs debate on filtering Washington Post

[AP] M2Z Networks' proposal to build a free wireless broadband network is not the only controversial part of its business plan. Just as contentious is its intention to filter the content delivered over that network to block any material deemed inappropriate for children.

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16 December 2008

Community self-policing is the way to tackle internet child porn: Andrew Keen The Independent

What's the best way to fight child pornography and other illegal forms of child abuse on the internet? The British model focuses on the establishment of a democratically self-regulatory body called the Internet Watch Foundation, a community hotline to flag inappropriate content. In Australia, in contrast, the government has introduced a trial net filtering system designed from above to stop adults downloading child porn.

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15 December 2008

Brazil police uncovered global child porn network The State

[AP] In late 2007, Carlos Miguel Sobral and 14 other Brazilian police investigators were getting ready for another day of fighting Internet crime when one of them suggested looking into peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

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14 December 2008

60 Americans arrested in child-porn swoop Sydney Morning Herald

[AP] US government authorities acting on a lead from Australian police have arrested 60 people in the United States on charges they were part of a global network of child pornographers.

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13 December 2008

Child pornography charges for 22 Australian men in global network The Australian

One of 22 men accused of downloading videos of child abuse in Australia as part of an international crackdown on online child pornography will also face multiple charges of child sex.

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The Great Firewall of Australia ARN

An in-depth look at the government's controversial proposal for mandatory ISP-level content filtering

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Why the IWF was wrong to lift its ban on a Wikipedia page OUT-LAW News

EDITORIAL: The Internet Watch Foundation faced a storm of criticism this week over its decision to add a Wikipedia entry to a blacklist of pages that ISPs block. Under pressure, the IWF removed the image from its blacklist. That decision was a mistake.

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12 December 2008

New Report Urges Obama to Focus on Internet Safety for Children Washington Post

Online safety advocates are pushing president-elect Barack Obama to put more resources toward protecting children from crime, harassment and predators on the Web.

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11 December 2008

EU adopts new Safer Internet Programme: €55 million to make the Internet a safer place for children Europa

The EU will have a new Safer Internet Programme as of 1 January 2009. Following the overwhelmingly positive vote on 23 October in which the European Parliament expressed its support for the new Safer Internet Programme, the Council of Ministers has adopted today the new Programme.

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10 December 2008

Aust govt filtering plan in shreds Sydney Morning Herald

The Government's plan to censor the internet is in tatters, with Australia's largest ISP Telstra saying it will not take part in live trials of the system and the second largest committing only to a scaled-back trial.

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09 December 2008

Telstra says no to ISP filtering pilot Australian IT

Telstra has snubbed the federal Government by refusing to take part in its live content filtering trial.

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06 December 2008

ISP filtering a pipe dream: Telstra Australian IT

Telstra chief operating officer Greg Winn says the federal Government's attempt to censor the internet is akin to trying to "boil the ocean".

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05 December 2008

Australian anti-Internet filtering rebels hit the streets Computerworld

Opponents to the government's Internet content filtering scheme will take to the streets in a series of protests planned in Australia's capital cities.

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04 December 2008

New Australian laws to crack down on Facebook identity fraud ABC News

The Federal Government will create new crimes to prosecute identity fraud arising from the spread of information on social networking websites such as Facebook.

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03 December 2008

Japan urged to tighten child porn laws UPI

An international anti-child pornography congress in Brazil has urged Japan to outlaw the possession of such materials, observers say.

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02 December 2008

UN: Internet pornography poses challenges to governments

The use of the internet to spread child pornography and to find victims for the sex trade pose new challenges for governments, the head of UNICEF said at a global conference on child sexual exploitation. "Parents and children must prepare themselves better for the risks of the internet," Ann Veneman, UNICEF executive director, said Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro.

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28 November 2008

Activists target Aust govt's net censorship plans Sydney Morning Herald

The political activists who helped free David Hicks and abolish Work Choices have now set their sights on the Government's plan to censor the internet, which is already facing a major backlash and a lack of political support.

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26 November 2008

Canadian gets five years in Thai pedophile case Globe & Mail

A Thai court has handed down a second jail sentence for pedophile offences to Canadian Christopher Paul Neil, who was captured after a hunt by the international police agency Interpol last year.

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22 November 2008

NSW calls Conroy on Euro filter fudge ZDNet

An analysis of ISP filtering schemes in Europe has shown that none have adopted mandatory filtering -- a claim Senator Conroy has used to justify such a scheme in Australia.

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21 November 2008

Fears over Australia's £55m plan to censor the internet The Guardian

Won't somebody think of the children? This mantra is being used with great effect by the Australian government to increase its control over what Australians see, watch and do - all, ostensibly, in the name of protecting the nation's youth. And a scheme that amounts to censorship is coming closer: the government has said that it wants to start live trials of ISP-level content filtering before Christmas.

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20 November 2008

OpenNet Initiative: Australia’s content filtering "frightening" ARN

The principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has labelled the federal government's proposed mandatory Internet filtering scheme "frightening" and typical of non-democratic regimes.

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16 November 2008

UK Web providers to be named and shamed over offensive content The Guardian

Politicians are ready to introduce league tables naming and shaming the speed with which internet service providers take down offensive material.

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