Child Protection&Online Safety

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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05 August 2019

The Trauma of Revenge Porn: We should call it 'cyberrape,' not free speech. New York Times

It was April 2008 when I took my first prescription anxiety pill. It helped calm the fear I felt whenever I spotted my ex-boyfriend driving behind me on my way home from work.

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29 June 2019

French online hate speech bill aims to wipe out racist trolling The Guardian

France’s tough new law against online hatred aims to wipe out racist and homophobic trolling on social networks and could be replicated across Europe, according to the politician spearheading it as she faces daily racist abuse on Twitter.

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06 June 2019

YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views New York Times

YouTube announced plans on Wednesday to remove thousands of videos and channels that advocate neo-Nazism, white supremacy and other bigoted ideologies in an attempt to clean up extremism and hate speech on its popular service.

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05 June 2019

On YouTube's Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles New York Times

The site’s automated recommendation system, at times drawing on home movies of unwitting families, created a vast video catalog of prepubescent children.

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22 May 2019

Is 'Digital Addiction' a Real Threat to Kids? New York Times

Think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like heroin, experts say.

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14 May 2019

More than 144,000 accessing child sex abuse images through dark web in Britain The Independent

Tens of thousands of individuals accessing the most harmful categories of child abuse images through the dark web are in part fuelling the “truly staggering” level of serious and organised crime in the UK.

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12 May 2019

Social media boycott 'may be only way to protect children' The Guardian

A public boycott of social media may be the only way to force companies to protect children from abuse, the country’s leading child protection police officer has said.

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07 May 2019

How the U.K. Won't Keep Porn Away From Teens New York Times

Complying with a new law, the largest online porn company has set itself up to be the youth gatekeeper of British smut. What could go wrong?

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20 February 2019

Child abuse images being traded via secure apps BBC News

Images of child sexual abuse and stolen credit card numbers are being openly traded on encrypted apps, a BBC investigation has found.

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24 January 2019

Around 151,000 New Zealand adults impacted by image-based sexual abuse New Zealand Herald

Revenge porn and online image-based sexual abuse has impacted around 151,000 adults in New Zealand, new research has found.

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23 January 2019

UK charity reports rise in takedowns of child abuse imagery The Guardian

A charity tasked with removing child abuse imagery from the internet has warned of a “horrifying” increase in the amount of material it has had to take down over the past year.

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17 January 2019

YouTube bans dangerous or harmful pranks BBC News

YouTube clips that depict dangerous or emotionally distressing “pranks” have been banned from the platform.

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06 December 2018

Chief censor set to reveal all about Kiwi teens' harmful porn habits Stuff

Pornography is shaping children's attitudes towards sex and leading to increased child on child assault, research reveals.

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30 October 2018

Your Kid's Apps Are Crammed With Ads New York Times

In a new study of the most downloaded apps for children ages 5 and younger, researchers found advertising in almost all of them.

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10 October 2018

The true cost of cyberbullying to NZ: $444m each year New Zealand Herald

The cost of cyberbulling in New Zealand is costing individuals, communities and support organisations $444 million a year, a new report reveals.

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30 September 2018

UK Government orders chief medical officer to draw up guidelines on social media time limits The Independent

Britain's chief medical officer has been instructed by health secretary Matt Hancock to draw up official guidelines on time limits for social media use.

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