Child Protection&Online Safety

07 January 2007

us: Police blotter: Detecting computer-generated porn? CNET

FBI claims that one of its analysts can simply look at a photo and detect whether it's been altered in Photoshop or generated by a computer.

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31 December 2006

uk: IWF reforms could pave way for UK net censorship The Register

By the end of 2007, the Home Office intends that all ISPs "offering broadband internet connectivity to the UK public" will have implemented systems for content blocking, primarily intended to block access to pornographic images of children, which are illegal to view or possess in the UK.

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27 December 2006

ID thieves target MySpace users Sydney Morning Herald

MySpace devotee Kary Rogers was expecting to see a gut-busting video when a friend from the popular online hangout messaged him a link. First, though, he was directed to a page where he was supposed to re-enter his password. Rogers realised that someone was trying to steal his information, and he didn't take the bait. At best, he would be spammed with junk emails; worse, the web thief might steal his real-life identity.

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25 December 2006

au: Risk to kids from cyber play needs urgent action Sydney Morning Herald

Potential dangers associated with children as young as 13 posting their photographs and identity details on personalised websites such as MySpace and YouTube must be tackled urgently by the Federal Government, adolescence psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg, an expert on childhood behaviour, says.

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15 December 2006

uk: Ban on possession of child abuse images planned The Guardian

The British government plans to ban the possession of computer-generated images of child abuse.

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13 December 2006

au: Mum denies using kids to make pornography ABC

A woman has pleaded not guilty in a Sydney court to charges of producing child pornography using her own children.

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12 December 2006

uk: Reid targets online paedophiles BBC

A "kite mark" standard is being planned by the home secretary to help protect children from internet paedophiles.

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09 December 2006

MySpace to 'block sex offenders' BBC

MySpace says it will release tools to identify and ban US sex offenders from its service. The company said the new service will be the first national database that brings together about 46 US state sex offender registers.

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08 December 2006

ca: Child porn plan a risk worth taking by Michael Geist Michael Geist blog

Many have understandably applauded Project Cleanfeed Canada and the effort to reduce access to child pornography, critics have voiced several concerns. These include skepticism about the transparency and accuracy of the block list, concerns about the accountability of Cybertip.ca, doubts about the effectiveness of the initiative, and fears that the blocking might eventually extend to other content.

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28 November 2006

ISPs to block child porn sites in Canada iTWire

Mirroring a similar program in the UK, Canada's major ISPs have banded together to support 'Project Cleanfeed Canada' to block child porn sites from access by Canadians. It's a good start, but there's still a long way to go.

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22 November 2006

us: Justice, ACLU argue 1998 online porn law before U.S. judge International Herald Tribune/AP

Justice Department attorneys, defending a law aimed at keeping online pornography from minors, argued that software filters often block valid sites -- on gay rights or sexual health, for example -- that teens might seek out.

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20 November 2006

uk: Leading article: Drawing the age line The Sunday Times

Paedophilia is quite rightly one of society's greatest taboos. Sex with children is repellent for all but a perverted minority. Middle-aged men who prey on young girls, whether they are former pop stars such as Gary Glitter or sleazy perverts in dirty raincoats, deserve everything that the law can throw at them. The internet has been a great boon for mankind but the fact that it has made it easier for paedophiles to swap their pornography and groom children for sex is a significant demerit to the world wide web.

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13 November 2006

us: Are More Laws Needed To Protect Kids Online? Wall Street Journal

The Internet is a fixture in most kids' lives, but there is broad disagreement over the best way to protect children from things they shouldn't see online - and what role, if any, new laws should play.

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us: Judges: Mere Viewing of Child Porn Images on Internet Not a Crime Law.com

A Pennsylvania Superior Court decision issued late last week has shed light on a legal loophole that appears to let off the hook those who view child pornography on their computers but don't save those images on their hard drives.

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au: Internet child pornography a growing problem ABC 7.30 Report

For many people, the Internet of course has created an exciting new world of information and communication but as we've increasingly come to know, it has its very definite dark side. Broadband and high-speed Internet connections have helped a global market in images of abused children. Interpol now has a database of a staggering 200,000 images and only a fraction of these children have been identified. If anything, the problem is only getting worse.

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10 November 2006

Staying safe online: EU programme leads the way Europa news release

An independent evaluation finds that the EU's Safer Internet programme, which promote safer internet use, particularly for children, has been very effective in tackling illegal and harmful internet content, whilst respecting people's freedom of expression. The Commission is taking into account the recommendations of these experts, in its implementation of the "Safer Internet plus" programme in 2007-2008. Meanwhile, the current programme is being used as a model by other regions of the world.

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29 October 2006

Child Pornography Link To Abuse Of Children Unclear, Forensic Psychiatrist Says (news release) Science Daily

If someone downloads child pornography onto their computer, is that an indication they're a pedophile, or might become one in the future? That question is gaining the attention of forensic psychiatrists as never before, thanks to recent legislation making possession of Internet child pornography a federal crime constituting an unlawful transmission of information across state lines.

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24 October 2006

au: New government website advising on net safety Sydney Morning Herald/AAP

A new federal government website aims to teach people how to avoid internet pitfalls.

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19 October 2006

us: Online sleuth tracks MySpace pedophiles Sydney Morning Herald

The editor of Wired News has taken the law into his own hands, hunting down pedophiles who prey on young MySpace users. Earlier this year, Kevin Poulson wrote a computer program, containing 1000 lines of code, that automatically searches all of MySpace's user profiles, comparing them to a list of registered sex offenders.

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03 October 2006

EU Kids Online EU Kids Online

European Research on Cultural, Contextual and Risk Issues in Children's Safe Use of the Internet and New Media. EU Kids Online is a project funded by the EC Safer Internet plus Programme (see What is Safer Internet?) The EU Kids Online project (2006-2009) will examine research carried out in 18 member states into how children and young people use the internet and new media.

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11 May 2006

us: Measuring the Child-Porn Trade Wall Street Journal

Unlike, say, the soft-drink or airline industries, the child-pornography industry doesn't report its annual sales to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yet in a press release ahead of a recent House of Representatives hearing aimed at curbing the industry, Texas Republican Joe Barton said, "Child pornography is apparently a multibillion ... my staff analysis says $20 billion-a-year business. Twenty billion dollars."

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Parents log on to trial internet pornography ban The Age

Families across Australia may be able to sign up to a ban on pornography and violent content with their internet service providers by the end of this year. A three-month trial of the filter service is to begin in Tasmania by July after an extensive lobbying campaign by Governmentbackbenchers for internet screening.

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08 May 2006

us: MySpace tackles teen safety fears BBC

Online networking site MySpace is to address concerns over child safety through adverts warning about the dangers of sexual predators on the web.

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us: Porn Law Goes Too Far, 11th Circuit Rules Law.com

An 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel has unanimously struck down part of a federal law prohibiting the offering or advertising of material presented as child pornography, saying the provisions were too broad and vague.

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New study reveals child pornography not a crime in most countries (news release) International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

A new study of child pornography laws in 184 Interpol member countries around the world has produced alarming results: more than half of these countries (95) have no laws addressing child pornography and in many other countries, the existing laws are inadequate.

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