Child Protection&Online Safety

13 January 2011

Child Porn Blocking Won't Work, Says Euro ISPs TechWorld

The EU's attempts to get all member states to block porn at ISP level would do little to stop the problem, the European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA) has said.

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11 January 2011

European Parliament considers Web blocking PC World

Members of the European Parliament Monday prepared their position on whether mandatory E.U.-wide Web blocking of certain sites should be introduced, prompting concern from digital rights groups.

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British paedophile could spend life in jail for role in paedophile ring The Guardian

Colin Blanchard, the IT consultant who created and shared images of child sex abuse with nursery worker Vanessa George, could spend the rest of his life in jail for his role as the "hub" of a paedophile ring.

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10 January 2011

BBC Panorama: quarter of British children have looked at pornography in last year Daily Telegraph [UK]

A quarter of children have looked at pornography in the last year, according to LSE research used in a Panorama programme about the sexualisation of young children.

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08 January 2011

Child abusers using global spam: Italy Sydney Morning Herald

Italian police on Friday warned of a new system by which thousands of Internet users around the world have received spam emails for business offers that actually click through to child abuse material.

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21 December 2010

Web filtering: Why a Great British Firewall will be useless The Guardian

Ed Vaizey, the Communications Minister, said yesterday that he wants UK internet service providers to filter sexually explicit content. By default, your internet connection would be restricted to only allow appropriate sites - unless you call your ISP and ask them to turn the filter off.

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Review of Australia's media classification ordered to take account of technology changes The Australian

Australia is set for an overhaul of its national classification system covering films, DVDs, printed matter and computer games.

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20 December 2010

Britain's broadband firms urged to block sex websites to protect children The Guardian

Internet service providers are to be asked by the government to tighten up on website pornography to try to combat the early sexualisation of children.

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Austrian police smash child pornography ring Deutsche Welle

A huge child porn ring involving more than 100 men has been smashed, according to Austrian police. Pornographic material was seized from raids of 107 homes after a tip-off from Luxembourg.

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18 December 2010

Opinion: Cyberbullying: It's Not Cool to Be Cruel Huffington Post

We've all heard the horror stories of young adults and children having hurtful or embarrassing photos, videos and/or speech about them posted on the Internet for the world to see. But did you know that cyber-bullying can be as simple as sending an e-mail to someone who has indicated they do not want to have any further contact with you? I also have a personal dislike for all the chain e-mails that go out, especially those that indicate that something will or won't happen if you don't forward it on to 10 or more of your friends.

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15 December 2010

US federal authorities say they broke up a global child porn ring CNN

Federal authorities announced Tuesday they dismantled an international child pornography ring that allowed its 35 male members to trade thousands of images and videos of boys in sexually explicit situations through a website.

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14 December 2010

Policing predators: vigilantes blast Facebook for failing to protect children Sydney Morning Herald

Paedophiles are brazenly sharing child pornography pictures and videos on Facebook, and internet safety experts believe the social networking site has failed to curtail the practice.

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Agreement to review planned Australian internet filter laws The Australian

The federal government is on track for an April start to its review of classification laws for its planned internet filtering legislation.

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13 December 2010

Study reveals nearly all European children are not bothered by what they find online Deutsche Welle

The final results of a Europe-wide study of children's behavior online are presented in Berlin. Researchers suggest children might be able to help their parents learn how to use the Internet more effectively.

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05 December 2010

As Bullies Go Digital, Parents Play Catch-Up New York Times

Ninth grade was supposed to be a fresh start for Marie's son: new school, new children. Yet by last October, he had become withdrawn. Marie prodded. And prodded again. Finally, he told her.

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02 December 2010

Child abuse sites fuelled by Australians Sydney Morning Herald

[AAP] Australians took part in child abuse which fuelled an international network of websites selling pay-per-view video and still images of sickening child porn, authorities say.

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Australian state MPs or staff accessed child porn sites, report finds Sydney Morning Herald

NSW MPs or their staff have accessed websites containing child pornography on parliamentary computers, an independent inquiry has found.

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25 November 2010

Swedish banks join fight against child porn The Local

Cooperation between Swedish banks and police to stop the purchase of child pornography images over the internet has proved effective, the national banking association announced on Wednesday.

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17 November 2010

Blocking child porn websites is not sufficient, say EU reps Network World

Simply blocking websites may not be enough to combat child pornography, according to the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee, which also said that such a measure would be difficult to implement across the European Union due to member states' differing sensitivities and traditions.

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Mandatory Australian ISP filter plan could start in 2013; Our blacklist has failed us: Thai minister The Australian

Labor's controversial mandatory internet filter scheme could be delayed until 2013, when the next federal election is due.

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11 November 2010

British police had 'serious doubts' about Operation Ore child porn database evidence Daily Telegraph [UK]

Police had "serious doubts" about the quality of evidence that led to the conviction of thousands of men for looking at child pornography online, it is claimed.

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08 November 2010

Is it finally time to censor the web ? The Australian PM is under fire for planning a crackdown on internet porn. But is she right? Irish Independent

If you know where to look, the internet can be a pretty repulsive place. From gross-out amateur movies such as the infamous Two Girls, One Cup -- please, please don't ask us to explain -- to fetish websites where you can watch people having carnal relations with the sort of industrial machinery you'd normally need a safety certificate and hard hat to even switch on, there's a bottomless well of depravity out there.

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24 October 2010

Half of EU Kids Don't Know How to Be Safe Online PC World

Half of the young children in the E.U. don't have basic Internet safety skills such as knowing how to control privacy settings or block unwanted contacts.

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12 October 2010

Porn: not just a little harmless fun The Australian

Over the years I have come to understand how and why my lectures to students on pornography stir up extreme emotions in men.

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06 October 2010

UK children's online protection centre staff quit in clash with ministers The Guardian

The crisis over the future of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) deepened today, after it emerged that two more senior managers and a group of specialist internet investigators have quit in protest at government plans which they fear will undermine child safety.

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