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IGF attendees complain about censorship in Turkey while some advocate it for youth

(Istanbul, Turkey)  Censorship is very much on the minds of attendees at this year’s Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul. One reason, of course, is because the meeting is being held in a country that has censored the Web. Earlier this year the Turkish government blocked Twitter and YouTube for awhile and continues to block thousands […]

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Internet Governance Forum topics include human rights, network neutrality and child protection

As we have for the past several years, my ConnectSafely.org co-director Anne Collier and I are attending this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to talk about child protections, child rights and digital citizenship, including children’s’ access to social media and other Internet resources. The ninth annual IGF takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, September 2nd through the 5th. The IGF […]

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Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech

I’m writing this column on a flight to Istanbul and then on to Geneva for two United Nations conferences. Istanbul is the site of this year’s U.N. Internet Governance Forum (IGF), while the Geneva meetings will focus on digital media and children’s rights per the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which […]

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ConnectSafely.org to participate in Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey (September 1, 2014) ConnectSafely.org, a leading non-profit Internet safety organization, today announced its planned participation at the 9th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), September 2-5 in Istanbul, Turkey. Co-Directors Larry Magid and Anne Collier will be hosting workshops on the topics of “Protecting Child Safety and Child Rights” (September 3, 2014, 9:00am-10:30am, Room […]

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It’s time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy

by Larry Magid As students return to school, it’s time to think about absolute necessities like pens, paper, school clothes, a laptop or tablet and, of course, a learning network that enables them to interact with fellow students and teachers. OK, that network may not yet be mandatory. But an increasing number of teachers are […]

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Why Google (and Facebook) should admit kids under 13

The website The Information (subscription required to get past the first paragraph) is reporting that Google has been “working to overhaul its web services so it can legally allow children to use them.” Google hasn’t commented on the report but I hope it’s true. To comply with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, Google, […]

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As Ferguson struggles, Georgia teens create app to rate police departments

As the nation watches Ferguson, Missouri work out its troubled police-community relations, a group of teens from Georgia have created an Android app to help communities rate their police departments on a scale of A to F. The app is called Five-O (inspired by the TV show) and it’s the brain child of 14 year […]

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Tech can make driving dangerous, but also safer

By Larry Magid A lot has been written about how technology can make driving more dangerous, and it’s certainly risky to text, fiddle with your phone, configure your GPS, mess with your radio or even speak on the phone while driving. But tech can also make us safer. For example, my car is equipped with […]

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IAC’s Ask.com buys Ask.fm and hires a safety officer to stem bullying

Ask.com, which is owned by IAC/InteractiveCorp., has acquired Ask.fm, a Latvia-based question and answer site that has come under criticism because of past incidences of bullying.  The site, which allows people to anonymously ask questions of others, is widely used by teenagers who — in some cases — have been known to be less than […]

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Massive data breach shows skills of Russian hackers

I grew up during the Cold War and, like most people at the time, was conditioned to fear the Soviet Union, which many people simply referred to as “Russia,” even though it included several other Soviet republics. Worry was so strong that the title of a popular 1966 comedy film said it twice: “The Russians […]

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