Child Protection&Online Safety

26 August 2015

Secret 'dark net' operation saves scores of children from abuse; ringleader Shannon McCoole behind bars after police take over child porn site ABC News

Scores of children have been saved from abuse after an elaborate sting by Queensland Police led to the identification and arrest of key members of a global online sex abuse network.

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18 August 2015

Age ratings enforced for UK-produced music videos on YouTube and Vevo The Guardian

Clear age ratings will be displayed on UK-produced music videos on YouTube and Vevo, as the government seeks to protect children from inappropriate content online.

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10 August 2015

Google, Facebook and Twitter to block 'hash lists' of child abuse BBC News

Web giants Google, Facebook and Twitter have joined forces with a British charity in a bid to remove millions of indecent child images from the net.

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23 July 2015

Microsoft seeks revenge porn removal requests BBC News

Microsoft is inviting "revenge porn" victims to use an online form to help it restrict access to the images.

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22 July 2015

Scale of child abuse images online is 'shocking', says NSPCC The Guardian

Two people are being convicted of child abuse image crimes every day on average, two years after a government pledge to crack down on the offence, the NSPCC says.

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21 July 2015

Men who harass women online are quite literally losers, new study finds Washington Post

Here's a research finding that should surprise no one: The men most likely to harass women online ... are the men most likely to have their own problems.

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20 June 2015

Google announces plan to remove sexually explicit 'revenge porn' from search results ABC News

Google says it is taking steps to remove sexually explicit images of people posted without their consent - known as "revenge porn" - from their search results.

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18 June 2015

Police investigate 'revenge porn' website allegedly showing South Australian woman ABC News

A international website sharing "intimate images" of women believed to be from South Australia is under investigation by SA Police.

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08 June 2015

Online abuse is a real problem. This US congresswoman wants the FBI to treat it like one. Washington Post

There are a lot of problems with the way we deal with the thorny issue of online harassment. As a recent Supreme Court ruling on harassment shows, the country's best legal minds are still grappling with how to deal with threats made on the Web. Few deny that online abuse occurs; when it comes to addressing it, however, there seem to be a lot of roadblocks in the way.

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06 June 2015

Fighting online abuse of children has driven it underground - report The Guardian

A pan-European drive to use the financial system to fight online child abuse has succeeded in reducing sales of child abuse material using conventional payment systems - but research suggests that abusers have been driven underground, turning to anonymiser technologies to evade law enforcement, and bitcoin to pay for material.

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05 June 2015

Hardcore internet pornography 'most prominent sexual educator' for young people, experts say ABC News

"Some boys or girls, they expect that sex is violent -- [that] it is OK to use chains or whips, to hurt someone."

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07 May 2015

How Google and other tech firms fight child exploitation Washington Post

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt accepted a major award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Tuesday night, at a benefit that highlighted how technology can help fight child abuse.

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If we are to live in a free society, teenagers must be allowed to sext one another The Independent

When laws enacted to protect children from abuse end up ruining ordinary teenagers' lives, you can't help but think: what on earth is going on?

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23 April 2015

Revealed: child sex abuse gang 'with tentacles that go round the world' The Guardian

Seven members of a paedophile gang were involved in the rape and abuse of babies, toddlers and children in attacks that were streamed on the internet and seen on every continent.

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17 April 2015

Instagram Tightens Guidelines to Curb Pornography and Harassment Wall Street Journal

Instagram is dropping the nice-guy act. The photo- and video-sharing app Thursday unveiled more-detailed standards for images, aimed at curbing pornography and harassment. The tone is tougher, too: Instagram cut the number of times it says "please," to one, from four.

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15 April 2015

Paedophiles sell child abuse images for bitcoin The Guardian

Paedophiles are using the digital currency bitcoin to buy child sexual abuse images online, according to the Internet Watch Foundation.

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14 April 2015

UK charity steps up removal of child sex abuse images BBC News

A child abuse watchdog has said it helped identify and remove more than double the number of sexually explicit web pages depicting youngsters in 2014 than in the previous year.

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22 March 2015

More than 260 charged in online UK child abuse operation BBC News

Teachers, civil servants and police are among 264 people that have been charged following an probe targeting those accessing child abuse images online.

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20 March 2015

Monica Lewinsky calls for a more compassionate internet BBC News

Monica Lewinsky has taken to the stage at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference to call for a more compassionate internet.

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11 March 2015

'Horrifying' report reveals hundreds of children are allowing strangers to view them in sexual poses via webcams The Independent

Children as young as seven are posting explicit images of themselves on the internet and allowing strangers to view them in sexual poses in their bedrooms via webcams, a "horrifying" new report has warned.

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09 February 2015

Ban racists from Twitter and Facebook, say British MPs BBC News

Social media users who spread racial hatred should be banned from sites such as Twitter and Facebook, MPs say.

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20 January 2015

Sexting laws unclear to teenagers as courts see increase in underage sex cases: Australian legal community ABC News

The law in Australia is struggling to keep up with teenagers having underage sex and using mobiles to send explicit photos to each other.

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Dating apps found 'leaking' location data BBC News

Many mobile dating apps can be hacked to expose the exact location of users, warn security experts.

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14 January 2015

Facebook restricts violent video clips and photos BBC News

Facebook has begun placing warnings over videos posted to its site, stating their contents might "shock, offend and upset" if viewed.

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10 January 2015

EFF lays out plan to end online harassment Computerworld

The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Thursday expanded its focus with a blog entry identifying online harassment as a digital rights issue that stands in the way of true freedom of speech.

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