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30 July 2013

'The popular social networking site Twitter is facing a major backlash over claims it is failing to deal with threats of sexual abuse made on its site.

A host of MPs and other leading public figures have threatened a boycott after a feminist campaigner highlighted numerous threats of rape and other violent acts being sent to her on Twitter.' Read the full account here.

The popular social networking site Twitter is facing a major backlash over claims it is failing to deal with threats of sexual abuse made on its site.

A host of MPs and other leading public figures have threatened a boycott after a feminist campaigner highlighted numerous threats of rape and other violent acts being sent to her on Twitter.

26 July 2013

The EU Kids Online network has been funded by the EC Safer Internet Programme in three successive phases of work from 2006-14 to enhance knowledge of children's and parents' experiences and practices regarding risky and safer use of the internet and new online technologies.

As a major part of its activities, EU Kids Online conducted a face-to-face, in home survey during 2010 of 25,000 9-16 year old internet users and their parents in 25 countries, using a stratified random sample and self-completion methods for sensitive questions. Now including researchers and stakeholders from 33 countries in Europe and beyond, the network continues to analyse and update the evidence base to inform policy.

A PDF of the report is available here

25 July 2013

'Drones have a lot of uses, but spreading peace and distributing drugs are typically not among them. Imagine then, if all of a sudden an unmanned flying vehicle appeared above your head, its goofy clown face smiling down at you as it unloads a cloud of Oxycontin. You'd feel pretty confused, right? You'd also probably feel very very good, which is the whole point behind Axel Brechensbuaer's Peace Drone, a conceptual machine that the industrial designer created as an anti-violence alternative to predator drones. "This is an art object that strives to underline the insanity of killing," Brechensbuaer explains, "and to raise questions about the morality of using deadly force without trial."' More

24 July 2013

Behind the locked doors in a side office at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), half a dozen analysts are finishing lunch at their desks. Emma Thomas scrapes from a bowl the last of her tomato and pasta soup, sitting in front of her computer, where she has spent the morning watching 30 videos of child sexual abuse. More on The Guardian site