Child Protection&Online Safety

31 August 2008

au: Denmark's Princess Mary shares fear of cyber predators The Weekend Australian

Every parent's greatest fear is shared by Princess Mary, who last night raised awareness of the dangers of online predators and violence in cyberspace at a charity function in Melbourne.

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25 August 2008

Babies are new target, Met warns as paedophile threat spirals The Observer

Children too young to speak are increasingly being targeted by sex offenders - and members of the professions are among those trawling the net for images. In the week Gary Glitter returns, police say the scale of the threat is 'massive'

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My husband, the internet paedophile: A tale of secrets, lies and family breakdown Independent on Sunday

Next week the BBC screens a major new drama about the families of men caught sharing images of child sex abuse. Here, researcher Clare Dwyer Hogg meets three wives whose real experiences informed the show - and hears how one knock on the door changed their lives forever...

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20 August 2008

Global reach of paedophile mastermind Philip Thompson The Times

A global investigation into internet child abuse has led to 50 arrests in Britain with dozens more expected, police said yesterday.

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au: Police bust group of alleged child porn downloaders Computerworld

The AFP has arrested six men and seized over two million child pornography images alleged to have been downloaded from an international paedophile network.

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19 August 2008

uk: Paedophile 'librarian' is jailed BBC

The "librarian" of a global internet child abuse ring has been jailed. Philip Anthony Thompson, 27, of Stockton-on-Tees, was handed an indefinite sentence for public protection at Teesside Crown Court.

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16 August 2008

Canadian paedophile gets three years for molesting Thai boy The Guardian

A Canadian teacher who was unmasked after his digitally swirled image was unscrambled has been sentenced to three years and three months in jail for abusing a 14-year-old boy in Thailand.

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13 August 2008

UK mobile firms urged to improve age filtering The Guardian

The mobile phone industry is considering introducing cinema-style classifications for mobile phone content, to prevent children using the latest internet-enabled handsets to access websites that contain unsuitable material.

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08 August 2008

UK children evade social websites' age limits The Guardian

Nearly a quarter of children between the ages of eight and 12 are evading the age restrictions imposed by social networking sites Facebook, Bebo and MySpace, a poll of young people revealed last night.

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05 August 2008

Australian net censorship to cost users Australian IT

Internet users could be forced to subsidise the federal Government's quest to censor the internet, with early estimates indicating the scheme could cost $60 million a year.

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23 July 2008

Online Safety, Privacy Tops US Parents' Concerns Information Week

The survey of 1,035 adults, as well as 260 pairs of parents and teens, highlighted how little parents know about their teens' activities online.

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US Government strikes out on COPA-ruled unconstitutional again ars technica

A federal court once again struck down the 1998 Child Online Protection Act (COPA) today, ruling it unconstitutional, overbroad, and vague. It has been 10 years since the law's introduction and it has yet to be enforced thanks to the courts ruling repeatedly against it, despite the government's continued appeals.

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22 July 2008

US ISPs sign nationwide deal to ban child porn vnunet

The majority of internet service providers in the US have signed a pact to ban child pornography from being viewed online.

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21 July 2008

UK fails to bar internet access to child porn The Observer

Almost a million UK households could access websites known to host images of child sex abuse despite a government pledge made two years ago to stop access to paedophile sites.

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18 July 2008

Children from around the world discuss internet safety; Survey says 11% of kids have online sex chats BBC

Children from around the world are meeting in London to discuss how they can better protect themselves from the dangers posed by the internet.

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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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