Legal & Security

09 October 2006

uk: Net crime 'big fear' for Britons BBC

More people fear net crime than they do burglary or being mugged, a survey backed by the UK government suggests.

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08 October 2006

World's largest banks join forces to stamp out child internet porn The Guardian

The world's biggest banks are joining an international effort to crack down on child pornography on the internet by taking action to cut off its sources of financing. Under the proposals, the proposed body will share information about sites and paedophiles can have access to finance cut off.

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Pornography has its benefits Online Opinion

If we were to stop for a moment and take the time to properly assess the community impact of internet pornography, it would soon become clear that internet pornography is not the height of evil which do-gooder parliamentarians and parental groups profess. Indeed, it is probably one of the main factors contributing to a notable reduction in violent crime over the last decade. Our community is safer and more peaceful thanks to internet pornography. This may sound counter-intuitive, but there are recent figures to back up the argument. In a paper just released in the United States titled Porn Up, Rape Down, Northwestern University Law Professor Anthony D'amato crunches the numbers to reach the conclusion: The incidence of rape in the United States has declined 85 per cent in the past 25 years while access to pornography has become freely available to teenagers and adults. The Nixon and Reagan Commissions tried to show that exposure to pornographic materials produced social violence. The reverse may be true: that pornography has reduced social violence.

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08 May 2006

uk: Warning to chatroom users after libel award for man labelled a Nazi The Guardian

A political argument that erupted in a remote corner of cyberspace and descended into vicious name-calling could lead to a spate of libel actions by contributors to internet message boards, the man at the centre of the case claimed.

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18 April 2006

Interpol: Give us the tools to fight cybercrime ZDnet

Interpol has called on politicians to help law enforcement officers bring cybercriminals to justice by making it easier for evidence to be transferred between countries.

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Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Issues Internet Hate Decision Michael Geist

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has issued a noteworthy Internet hate decision that focuses on the applicability of the Human Rights Act to Internet hate materials. The Tribunal ordered fines against several individuals for their role in maintaining several hate websites and newsletters. The lengthy decision is worth reading for at least three reasons.

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12 March 2006

ar: Internet child pornographer gets diplomatic immunity? Blog

The Argentine newspaper Clarin reported that following a request from Interpol Department of the German Police, the Argentine Federal Police with a warrant issued by the District Court No 48 tried to search premises from where child pornography video were offered via Internet.

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01 March 2006

au: International task force cracks down on child pornography ABC

Investigators of child pornography in Australia realised a long time ago that they were fighting a battle not limited to Australian shores. As part of the latest international effort to crack down on internet child pornography, the Innocent Images International Task Force is investigating child pornography and pursuing sexual predators in more than 40 countries.

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More than 100 arrested worldwide in child pornography sting INQ7

More than 100 people have been arrested in 19 countries in a Spanish-led crackdown on users of Internet pedophilia websites, Spain's interior ministry said

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12 February 2006

uk: Lords restrict terror website censorship plans The Register

The House of Lords has restricted Government plans to allow the police to order the take down of suspected terrorism-related web content by requiring that the authorities obtain the permission of a judge first.

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Internet jihad: tackling terror on the Web Christian Science Monitor

A British citizen faces US charges for running a militant site hosted in Connecticut. ... Charged with running websites hosted in the US that promoted and supported Islamic militancy, Mr. Ahmad is still in British custody. He has appealed the extradition order and Britain's High Court will hear the case on Feb. 20. The proceedings will test the ability of Western governments to put on trial Islamic radicals who use the Internet as a key recruiting and organizational tool.

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au/ng: Nigerian scammers fleece Australians SMH

Police are staggered by the amount of money Australians are losing to Nigerian investment scammers.

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29 January 2006

nz: Scam internet sites shut down tvnz

Fraudulent internet websites exposed by One News have been shut down and Auckland's fraud squad has begun investigations.

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