According to Facebook's chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, safety is the social networking site's top priority. Indeed, he [URL="http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=381246352130"]says[/URL] that his team are dedicated to "creating an environment where people can connect and share comfortably" and has revealed a redesigned Safety Centre which provides new safety resources for parents, educators, teens and members of the law enforcement community. However, there's one thing missing, a big red thing with the word [B]PANIC[/B] stamped on it. That's right, despite high profile campaigning by various child safety groups across the UK, Facebook still has no big red panic button. Sullivan insists that Facebook …

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Do cats have a taste for porn? Somehow I doubt it, and I doubt that a jury will fall for it either no matter how much one alleged downloader of the most disgusting of pornographic images tries to insist that's what actually happened in his case. When found in possession of a computer full of pornographic images, it is human nature to deny all knowledge of how it got there. Someone could have disguised it as something else, such as when YouTube got hit by the porno pranksters on [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4365.html"]Porn Day[/URL]. Some have blamed Wikipedia for linking to explicit images …

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It had to happen, and it has. Ever since the Internet Watch Foundation, a British charitable organisation that acts as the official watchdog to track and report illegal content online, in particular child pornography, introduced a blacklist we all knew it would get controversial one day. That day has come. That blacklist is used by a number of leading Internet Service Providers in the UK, companies such as Virgin Media, Demon, O2, EasyNet and PlusNet to name but a few. So when someone reported that Wikipedia was displaying a 'potentially illegal' image of young naked girl with only a crack …

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Now I'm not usually one who advocates the use of spyware of any sort. As a parent myself, I like to think that trust works better than software when it comes to controlling access to questionable content online. However, in the case of the British parents who spied on their 15 year old daughters online activity in order to trap a suspected paedophile, I will make an exception. According to [URL="http://www.getbracknell.co.uk/news/s/2035089_spyware_on_girls_email_snared_her_older_man"]reports[/URL] it would appear that the teenage girl had gone from being an open and happy child to a secretive and withdrawn one. She used to tell her Dad everything, …

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Jim Gamble, the chief executive of the [URL="http://www.ceop.gov.uk/"]Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre[/URL] has warned paedophiles who use the Internet that they will be tracked down and brought before the courts. The warning comes as CEOP figures reveal that the number of suspects arrested during the last year has trebled to 297, with 131 children protected from abuse as a direct result. Taking a tip from the FBI, ten of these offenders who fell into the highest possible risk category were caught after details were posted on the CEOP 'most wanted' website. If further icing were needed on the …

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According to [URL="http://www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9899151-38.html"]recent reports[/URL] the FBI has been using honey-trap hyperlinks which claim to lead to child pornography in order to entice offenders into clicking them. Last year, it seems, armed raids were carried out on homes in Nevada, New York and Pennsylvania as a direct result of such link clicking, even though the video files downloaded from the undercover government server contained no illegal images. It seems that the courts are happy to approve the practise, although others are less convinced of the morality if not the legality of the operation, quite apart from the technical hurdles it throws …

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The End.