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online safety and digital citizenship specialist

Parents/Carers News

23 January 2020

'I’ve realized how blind we are to the kinds of insights tech companies are gaining about us through our gadgets. Our blindness not only keeps us glued to privacy-invading tech — it also means that we’ve failed to create a political culture that is in any way up to the task of limiting surveillance.'

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12 January 2020

This article is important for all of us. It shows how UK media create fake news to nurture racism and extremism.

If you want to understand the Sussexes’ decision to step back from front-line royal duties, then the answers are contained in one remarkable legal document.

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07 January 2020

Individuals will have to become their own chief security officer – finding a way to manage and control access to all of their digital assets, cloud services, social media profiles, personal communications and private devices. As our personal digital universes expand exponentially, so will the necessity of controlling our data and digital identities.

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07 January 2020

More than 6,000 children under 14 have been investigated by police for sexting offences in the past three years, including more than 300 of primary school age.

Figures disclosed by 27 police forces in England and Wales revealed 306 cases of children under 10, including some as young as four, being investigated on suspicion of taking or sharing indecent images of themselves or other minors since 2017.

Critics say children are being given police records for behaviour they do not fully understand.

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07 January 2020

Earlier that summer, the information technology department at SLU had installed about 2,300 of the smart speakers—one for each of the university’s residence hall rooms, making the school the first in the country to do so. Each device was pre-programmed with answers to about 130 SLU-specific questions, ranging from library hours to the location of the registrar’s office (the school dubbed this “AskSLU”). The devices also included the basic voice “skills” available on other Dots, including alarms and reminders, general information, and the ability to stream music.

 

So, why are people concerned?

 

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19 December 2019

Every minute of every day, everywhere on the planet, dozens of companies — largely unregulated, little scrutinized — are logging the movements of tens of millions of people with mobile phones and storing the information in gigantic data files.

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