Child Protection&Online Safety

25 October 2008

Filtering out the fury: how the Australian government tried to gag web censor critics Sydney Morning Herald

The Federal Government is attempting to silence critics of its controversial plan to censor the internet, which experts say will break the internet while doing little to stop people from accessing illegal material such as child pornography.

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The high price of internet filtering ABC News

Labor's high-speed National Broadband Network is a step in the right direction, but their plan to block inappropriate websites by forcing ISPs to install content filtering systems will slow down internet access and raise the cost of service.

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24 October 2008

EU lawmakers approve crackdown on Internet violence Reuters

Cyber-bullying and child pornography will be targeted in a €55 million (US$70.9 million) scheme agreed by European Union lawmakers on Wednesday.

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21 October 2008

us: ISPs are pressed to become child porn cops MSNBC

New technologies and changes in U.S. law are adding to pressures to turn Internet service providers into cops examining all Internet traffic for child pornography.

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20 October 2008

Spy software to combat online paedophiles Sunday Telegraph

Scientists are developing a computer program that can identify paedophiles who pretend to be children on the internet.

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15 October 2008

us: New laws track child predators online CNET

Child predators will be easier to track online because of two new laws President Bush signed Monday. The Protect Our Children Act--which includes provisions introduced by Sens. Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain, --sets requirements for Internet companies to report incidences of child pornography.

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06 October 2008

UCLA study suggests most kids suffer from cyberbullying Salon

A new UCLA study of nearly 1,500 12-to-17-year-olds finds that 72 percent of respondents self-reported "at least one incident" of bullying online, which can take the form of name-calling or insults, "most typically" through instant messaging or social networking sites. Further, nearly all (90 percent) said that they didn't report these incidents of cyber-bullying to an adult, and half of them said that they just "need to learn to deal with it."

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02 October 2008

Spain cracks down on child porn with 121 arrests The Guardian

121 people arrested as raids uncover network that distributed files in 75 countries over internet

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30 September 2008

'One-stop shop' to keep British children safe on internet The Times

Help is at hand for parents who fear for their children's safety while using the internet with the launch today of a government scheme aimed at keeping children safe in cyberspace.

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28 September 2008

US Congress takes up online threats to children CNET

Amid an economic crisis, Congress found some time this week to address online threats to children. The Protect Our Children Act, introduced by Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., made it through the Senate on Thursday. Separate bills authored by Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton were folded into the legislation, which authorizes more than $320 million for the Justice Department over the next five years for, among other things, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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UK children at greater risk from online predators as they spend more time indoors Daily Telegraph

British children are at greater risk from online predators than those elsewhere in Europe because their paranoid parents keep them cooped up indoors, a report claims.

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26 September 2008

MySpace, Facebook show off tools that can ward off child predators Computerworld

MySpace is using technology to analyze whether potential users trying to sign up for the social network may be registered sex offenders, the company's chief security officer said today.

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19 September 2008

How To Stop Cyber-Bullying Forbes

Kids can be mean. It's a fact of life we've all experienced. Gone are the days, however, when avoiding a bully meant ducking out of the back door at school. Thanks to personal computers, cellphones and instant messaging, it's now easier than ever for children to attack each other, often anonymously.

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16 September 2008

Australian ISP filtering gains momentum Australian IT

The federal Government's plan to implement content filters at the internet service provider level is one step closer to reality with live trials set to commence after next month.

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13 September 2008

Paedophiles use internet blackmail to claim victims, says CEOP The Times

Paedophiles are publishing an increasing number of sadistic and violent images of younger children on the internet and are abandoning the slow grooming of victims, instead using threats to force them into commiting indecent acts, an intelligence review has found.

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Paedophilia blamed on UK teacher's medication The Independent

A former headmaster who amassed thousands of indecent images of children on his computer walked free from court yesterday, after a judge ruled that the drug he had been taking to treat his Parkinson's disease was responsible for his crime.

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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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