Friday, February 22, 2008
Twist: Porn provider calls for child protection
There's no way of telling how much of Mr. Hirsch's announcement is marketing (many adult content companies want to send the message that they're protecting kids and so legitimate because not involved in the distribution of illegal child pornography). With his announcement, he is joining a high-profile call by US state attorneys general for online age verification, the technology for which certainly exists but not answers to substantive questions about how to protect children's privacy if it were to be put in place in US-based Web sites (see "Social networking age verification revisited" and "UK data security breach & kids"). Of course, any US requirement for age verification would not affect sites based in other countries, raising concerns that such a requirement would establish a false sense of security among parents and send workaround-seeking youth to offshore sites.
Hirsch directed his pre-announcement announcement at Google and Yahoo, both of which detailed for AFP the protections they do have in place: filtered search, a response system for user complaints about adult content, support for online-safety education, and participation in an Age Authentication Task Force being formed by MySpace and 49 state attorneys general (see this about MySpace's agreement with the attorneys general last month).
Labels: online safety
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Ireland's social-Web guide for parents
Social networking ever more international
Labels: international social networking
Bulgaria discusses youth online safety
Labels: international online safety
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
'Predator' myths exposed: Study
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Facebook & user privacy