Child Protection&Online Safety

18 September 2016

How the US feds used Internet searches to find 5 child pornography victims Ars Technica

In 2013, US federal agents investigating the child pornography collection of one David S. Engle -- who was later sentenced in Washington state to 25 years in prison -- came across a new set of eight images. The pictures showed five boys, ranging in age from around seven to 15, urinating outdoors, shaving their pubic hair, and posing naked in bathtubs.

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13 September 2016

Facebook and Israel to work to monitor posts that incite violence The Guardian

The Israeli government and Facebook have agreed to work together to determine how to tackle incitement on the social media network, a senior Israeli cabinet minister said on Monday.

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Instagram launches new tool to monitor offensive comments Reuters

Instagram, the photo-sharing app owned by Facebook Inc on Monday launched a keyword moderation tool to allow its users to control the comments posted on their pictures.

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07 September 2016

And everyone saw it. The seventh-grader's sext was meant to impress him. Then he shared it. It nearly destroyed her. Washington Post

She crunched the cookies in her mouth, carefully mashing them into chunks. She spit. They made a plunk sound as they hit the toilet water. The worst, the absolute worst thing had happened, and now, Maureen was sure, this was her only option.

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Australian cyber sex trafficking 'most dark and evil crime we are seeing' ABC News

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is warning of an alarming trend where Australians are directing the sexual abuse of children living overseas using live streaming services like Skype.

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05 September 2016

Germany says Facebook must do better about removing hateful content The Observer

Facebook should be more proactive in removing racist and violent content from its sites, the German interior minister said on Monday after a visit to the company's offices in Berlin.

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26 August 2016

Social media giants must do more to police sites - UK lawmakers Reuters

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube should hire more people to monitor hate speech and material inciting violence as well as putting staff in police operation centres to remove offending posts faster, British lawmakers said.

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24 August 2016

Europol uncover major online child abuse network Al Jazeera

A major operation against distributors of child sexual abuse images online has resulted in the arrests of 75 suspects across 28 European countries.

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13 August 2016

The Rise of the Internet Fan Bully New York Times

Normani Kordei, a member of the girl group on the rise Fifth Harmony, sat for a lighthearted Facebook Live interview earlier this month. Within a week, she had been chased off Twitter by a mob spewing racist insults.

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13 July 2016

au: The takeover: how police ended up running a paedophile site The Guardian

Exclusive: the inside story of a police operation that secretly took over a child abuse forum in a six-month sting, and the stunning breakthrough that led them to snaring Richard Huckle, 'Britain's worst-ever paedophile'

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28 June 2016

From Julia Gillard to Hillary Clinton: online abuse of politicians around the world The Guardian

Hillary Clinton received almost twice as much abuse as Bernie Sanders on Twitter this year, according to a wide-ranging analysis provided to the Guardian that compared the treatment of politicians in the US, UK and Australia.

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21 June 2016

Australian pleads guilty to making online threats over Tinder profile BBC News

An Australian man has pleaded guilty to making sexual threats on social media, in what is seen as a landmark victory for opponents of online harassment.

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18 June 2016

Vile online abuse against British women MPs ‘needs to be challenged now’ The Guardian

Less than two weeks ago, Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, was talking about the online abuse she was regularly getting, including death threats. "If I could I would kill you," was just one of them. "Being a female politician, there is no way you are going to avoid abuse. I don't know anyone who has not had to deal with it," she said, adding it could be "frightening and upsetting" and that a group of female MPs had an unofficial support group to deal with it. But at the same time, she also brushed off the effects on her. In an interview with the Sunday Times, she described herself as "a tough middle child" who wouldn't be silenced. Now, the day after the devastating murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, she doesn't sound so sure. "When I spoke about it before, I was one of those who shrugged it off and said I was not as affected by it as other people," she says. "I felt I could handle it and not let it get to me. What I do know is that what happened to Jo has changed the environment."

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07 June 2016

Most 18-year-olds say young people at risk online, Unicef poll finds The Guardian

Eight out of 10 18-year-olds worldwide believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, a Unicef study suggests.

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16 May 2016

Lux captured: The simple error that brought down the world's worst hurtcore paedophile The Age

Police knew there was a house on the outer fringes of suburban Melbourne, in South Morang. A family home. Mother, father, son and daughter.

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10 May 2016

How revenge porn sites rely on legal loopholes and anonymity The Guardian

One of the most difficult things about tackling revenge porn is the sheer number of channels by which it is distributed.

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27 April 2016

Revenge porn: the industry profiting from online abuse The Guardian

Six years ago, Rebekah Wells Googled her name to see what turned up. The results horrified her: nude photos of herself taken by her ex-boyfriend, along with her name and address, on commercial porn sites such as ImageFlea, ImageEarn and PinkMeth.

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21 April 2016

Criminals hide child abuse images behind legal porn sites The Guardian

People viewing or searching for adult pornography online face the risk of being arrested for accessing child abuse images because paedophiles are increasingly hiding criminal content on legal commercial websites, the Internet Watch Foundation has warned.

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14 April 2016

Senior UK Tory calls on government to overhaul internet abuse laws The Guardian

Britain needs better internet laws to stop online abuse that may be creating a nightmare for society in future, Maria Miller, the Conservative former culture secretary and equalities minister, has said.

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12 April 2016

The women abandoned to their online abusers The Guardian

For the past 16 months, Suzanne Fernandes has been targeted online with racial abuse, pornography and death threats. The two individuals she believes are responsible share many similarities: an interest in far-right politics, an ability to create multiple anonymous fake social media accounts, and past convictions for extreme internet harassment.

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06 April 2016

We must never forget that children in sexual abuse material online are real The Guardian

Mick Moran has a clear, strong message: "People need to realise, these are kids being abused to produce this material. These are children, real children in these images."

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04 April 2016

Teenage Sexting Is Not Child Porn New York Times

Teenagers who sext are in a precarious legal position. Though in most states teenagers who are close in age can legally have consensual sex, if they create and share sexually explicit images of themselves, they are technically producing, distributing or possessing child pornography. The laws that cover this situation, passed decades ago, were meant to apply to adults who exploited children and require those convicted under them to register as sex offenders.

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26 March 2016

Children as young as seven caught sexting at school, UK study reveals The Guardian

More than half of teachers are aware of incidents of children sextingat their school, including primary-school pupils as young as seven, according to a study by one teaching union.

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15 February 2016

Paedophiles use secret Facebook groups to swap images BBC News

Paedophiles are using secret groups on Facebook to post and swap obscene images of children, the BBC has found.

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22 January 2016

Expose cyberbullies, says Sir Tim Berners-Lee BBC News

The inventor of the world wide web has said there should be an option to disclose the identity of cyberbullies.

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