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Facebook Groups: double-edged sword for privacy

by Larry Magid This article first appeared on CNET News.com Last week, Facebook announced its new Groups feature, which is designed to limit some of your communications to a subset of your Facebook friends. But there is the danger that you could actually be talking to lots of people who aren’t on your Friends list […]

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Warren Blumenfeld: What we learned from the Tyler Clementi tragedy

A Guest Editorial By Warren Blumenfeld Warren Blumenfeld (Credit: Iowa State University) Friends described Tyler Clementi as a gentle, kind, and sensitive person who was an accomplished violinist at an early age. Tyler was awarded a music scholarship at the prestigious Rutgers University, and he was looking forward to his four years at Rutgers and […]

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Survey: Parents Worry About Kids Online Privacy: But are Worries Based on Facts?

 by Larry Magid Common Sense Media’s “Protect Our Privacy – Protect Our Kids” campaign Common Sense Media on Friday announced the results of a survey showing that “92 percent of parents are concerned that kids share too much information online, and 85 percent of parents say they’re more concerned about online privacy than they were […]

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Survey: Parents Worry About Kids’ Online Privacy: But are Worries Based on Facts?

by Larry Magid Common Sense Media’s “Protect Our Privacy – Protect Our Kids” campaign Common Sense Media on Friday announced the results of a survey showing that “92 percent of parents are concerned that kids share too much information online, and 85 percent of parents say they’re more concerned about online privacy than they were […]

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92% of 2 year-olds have online footprint

by Larry Magid This post first appeared on CNET News.com There has been a lot of concern about young people posting too much information about themselves online, but a study commissioned by security company AVG found that 92 percent of U.S. children have some type of online presence by the time they are 2 years […]

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Tyler Clementi’s death is a call to action

by Larry Magid This post originally appeared on CNET News.com 18 year-old Tyler Clementi took his own life after his roomate aledgedly live streamed his kissing another man The recent suicide of Tyler Clementi, which raised the visibility of cyberbullying and digital ethics, is serving as a call to action to end something much deeper […]

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Tyler Clementi’s death is a call to action

The tragic suicide of 18 year old Tyler Clementi is a wake-up call for all of us

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Online safety & civility Report: 95% of Email is Spam: Threats Aimed at Facebook & Children’s Searches

55% of malware are Trojans (Source: Panda Labs) Panda Labs 3rd Quarter 2010 threat report (PDF) found that 95% of all email is spam.  It also said that Trojans constituted 55% of all new threats but infections via email are declining in favor of increased attacks via social networking sites including attacks associated with Facebook’s […]

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FCC Modernizes E-Rate for Schools and Libraries

by Larry MagidSeptember 23, 2010  It’s time to modernize school technology (Credit: London School of Economics, 1981 — via Flickr Creative Commons) The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to modernize E-Rate. E-Rate was established in 1996 to provide federal subsidies to schools and libraries for telecommunications and Internet access. Back then, many schools were […]

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FCC Chair on E-Rate for Schools and Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski (Credit: FCC) by Larry MagidOctober 22, 2010 As chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski is playing a key role in what could turn out to be sweeping changes in the way the Internet reaches children in schools and libraries. He’s also the point man in a national debate on […]

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