Child Protection&Online Safety

12 March 2020

Internet 'is not working for women and girls', says Berners-Lee The Guardian

Women and girls face a “growing crisis” of online harms, with sexual harassment, threatening messages and discrimination making the web an unsafe place to be, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned.

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06 March 2020

U.S. to Hold Tech Firms Accountable for Spread of Child Sex Abuse Imagery Washington Post

Legislation announced on Thursday aimed at curbing the spread of online child sexual abuse imagery would take the extraordinary step of removing legal protections for tech companies that fail to police the illegal content. A separate, international initiative that was also announced takes a softer approach, getting the industry to voluntarily embrace standards for combating the material.

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04 March 2020

Congress, Justice Department take aim at tech, hoping to halt spread of child sexual exploitation online Washington Post

U.S. regulators are preparing to take fresh aim at Facebook, Google and other tech giants this week, unveiling new efforts to combat online content that harms or abuses children — and hold Silicon Valley responsible for its spread.

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20 February 2020

256 Australians spend more than $1.3 million watching child sexual abuse online ABC News

More than 250 Australians have spent more than $1.3 million to watch child sexual abuse, live streamed on the internet from the Philippines, over 13 years.

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13 February 2020

Safer Internet Day: we've joined the campaign for a safer, better Internet Council of Europe

Imagine you find yourself in a world of infinite possibilities, a world with new friends to be found, new games to play and new ideas to explore. But how can you be sure you’re safe, how can you trust people you can't see, how do you know what you're learning is true? How can the Internet be safe?

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Fifth of New Zealand high school pupils exposed to self-harm material online The Guardian

A fifth of high school-aged New Zealanders have been exposed to material about self-harm online, and almost as many to content about ways to commit suicide and to become very thin, new figures show.

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22 January 2020

New 'transformational' code to protect British children's privacy online BBC

Social media sites, online games and streaming services used by children will have to abide by a new privacy code set by the UK's data watchdog.

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19 January 2020

Panicking About Your Kids' Phones? New Research Says Don't New York Times

A growing number of academics are challenging assumptions about the negative effects of social media and smartphones on children.

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24 December 2019

Fighting the Good Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse New York Times

Several websites popular with sexual predators were thwarted last month after a determined campaign by groups dedicated to eliminating the content. It was a rare victory in an unending war.

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11 December 2019

US Bipartisan Bill Targets Online Spread of Child Sex Abuse Material New York Times

Legislation was introduced on Tuesday that would hold tech companies more responsible for an explosion in online child sexual abuse material and give law enforcement agencies more opportunity to gather evidence of crimes.

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09 December 2019

Australian paedophiles pay as little as $15 for online abuse of children in Philippines The Guardian

Australian paedophiles are paying as little as A$15 for children to perform sexual acts online while being filmed in the Philippines, according to the head of the Australian federal police team in Manila.

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Video Games and Online Chats Are 'Hunting Grounds' for Sexual Predators New York Times

Criminals are making virtual connections with children through gaming and social media platforms. One popular site warns visitors, “Please be careful.”

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29 November 2019

When done right, internet use among children can increase learning opportunities and build digital skills London School of Economics and Political Science

Blanket restrictions on children’s internet use prevent them from taking advantage of critical learning and skills development opportunities, according to a new report, launched today at the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin.

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25 November 2019

Internet Companies Prepare to Fight the 'Deepfake' Future New York Times

Several months ago, Google hired dozens of actors to sit at a table, stand in a hallway and walk down a street while talking into a video camera.

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16 November 2019

Pope tells tech companies they are responsible for child safety Reuters

Pope Francis said on Thursday that technology company executives and investors must be held accountable if they put profit before the protection of children, including from easy access to pornography on the web.

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11 November 2019

Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way New York Times

Though platforms bar child sexual abuse imagery on the web, criminals are exploiting gaps. Victims are caught in a living nightmare, confronting images again and again.

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17 October 2019

Dark web child abuse: Hundreds arrested across 38 countries BBC News

More than 300 people have been arrested following the take-down of one of the world's "largest dark web child porn marketplaces", investigators said.

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13 October 2019

How Photos of Your Kids Are Powering Surveillance Technology New York Times

The pictures of Chloe and Jasper Papa as kids are typically goofy fare: grinning with their parents; sticking their tongues out; costumed for Halloween. Their mother, Dominique Allman Papa, uploaded them to Flickr after joining the photo-sharing site in 2005.

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03 October 2019

Facebook Encryption Eyed in Fight Against Online Child Sex Abuse New York Times

An explosion in reports of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet is prompting the authorities to step up pressure on technology companies over their use of encryption — and Facebook, which flags by far the largest amount of the material, is drawing outsize attention.

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A European Strategy to deliver a Better Internet for our Children EU Digital Single Market

Today, children in Europe are going online on different devices even younger than few years ago. They start using the Internet before being able to read or write. Internet use has become more mobile and personalized. At the same time, many young children say there are not enough good things for them to do online. There is no doubt that in today's environment children need the skills and tools for using the Internet safely and responsibly.

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29 September 2019

The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong? New York Times

Online predators create and share the illegal material, which is increasingly cloaked by technology. Tech companies, the government and the authorities are no match.

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27 September 2019

Pornography 'one click away' from young children BBC News

Children are stumbling upon pornography online from as young as seven, a report has indicated.

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24 September 2019

PayPal investigated for potential abuse by child sex exploitation rings ABC News

Digital payments giant PayPal will undertake an urgent audit of its global money transfers business given "ongoing concerns" it is being used by child exploitation rings in Asia.

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05 September 2019

Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children's Privacy on YouTube New York Times

Google agreed on Wednesday to pay a record $170 million fine and make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube, as regulators said the video site had knowingly and illegally harvested personal information from children and used it to profit by targeting them with ads.

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30 August 2019

The insidious rise of deepfake porn videos - and one woman who won't be silenced ABC News

If you've ever seen a deepfake video, you'll know they can be unsettling. Whether it's AI-altered Mark Zuckerberg warning of the dangers of Facebook, Barack Obama calling Donald Trump a "dipshit", or a seemingly innocuous one of Bill Hader morphing into Tom Cruise — we can no longer trust what we see.

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