Child Protection&Online Safety

20 November 2008

OpenNet Initiative: Australia’s content filtering "frightening" ARN

The principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative (ONI) has labelled the federal government's proposed mandatory Internet filtering scheme "frightening" and typical of non-democratic regimes.

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16 November 2008

UK Web providers to be named and shamed over offensive content The Guardian

Politicians are ready to introduce league tables naming and shaming the speed with which internet service providers take down offensive material.

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15 November 2008

ITU launches Child Online Protection initiative Network World

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in collaboration with several U.N. agencies, Thursday launched an initiative to safeguard children, the Internet's most vulnerable users.

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12 November 2008

Australian government calls net filter trial Australian IT

The federal Government has released details of its long-awaited call for expressions of interest on live internet-service-provider content filtering trials.

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11 November 2008

European banks urged to expose child porn money trails The Observer

European banks are under pressure to crack down on the owners of child pornography websites, following a legal breakthrough that has enabled international enforcement agencies to identify those who profit from them.

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05 November 2008

SImPLE tool developed to help fight child porn Australian IT

Technology that has been likened to a "random breath test" for computers and laptops for illicit images or video has captured the interest of law enforcement bodies nationally, including the Australian Federal Police.

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31 October 2008

Australia's compulsory internet filtering 'costly, ineffective' Australian IT

The Federal Government is planning to make internet censorship compulsory for all Australians and could ban controversial websites on euthanasia or anorexia.

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29 October 2008

British children 'want adult supervision on internet' The Times

Almost half of all children want adults to supervise them when they use the internet, a report by Ofsted, the school inspectors, indicates.

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28 October 2008

au: Net filters may block porn and fetish sites The Age

Family First Senator Steve Fielding wants hardcore pornography and fetish material blocked under the Government's plans to filter the internet, sparking renewed fears the censorship could be expanded well beyond "illegal material".

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26 October 2008

uk: Fighting Child Pornography Online Sky News

Research by the Internet Watch Foundation showed 77% of adults who had seen pictures of child abuse on the web did not know what to do about it.

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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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