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For regulators, Google is the new Microsoft

At Google’s I/O developers conference in San Francisco last week, Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai announced that Chrome is now the world’s most popular Web browser and that there are now 900 million Android devices worldwide. Google has created quite an impressive global footprint. And the fact that Chrome is now bigger than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer makes […]

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Major update from Pew on teens’ privacy practices in social media

Contrary to how they’re typically represented in the news media, “few teens embrace a fully public approach to social media,” Pew Internet reports in a major new study, “Teens, Social Media and Privacy.” Yes, they share more about themselves than we did as teens (publicly, anyway), but “they take an array of steps to restrict […]

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Why I’m Not Worried That It’s Possible To Undelete Snapchat Photos

As my Forbes colleague Kashmir Hill pointed out last week, forensics examiner Richard Hickman blogged that he had successfully restored dozens of  ”deleted” Snapchat photos from Android phones. I don’t disagree with Hill’s observation that this news “may make some Snapchat users think twice before sending a photo that they think is going to quickly disappear,” but I also don’t think people should necessarily stop […]

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It’s time for adults to stop bullying kids and each other

We hear a lot about kids bullying* other kids and it is indeed a problem. But what about adults bullying other adults, or adults bullying kids? True, bullying is a problem among youth. The National Center for Education Statistics reportedthat in 2009, 28 percent of 12 through 18 year old kids were “bullied by traditional means […]

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Can technology disrupt education?

by Larry Magid This article first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. Sometimes I think there should be a big sign in front of some schools saying “Welcome back to the 20th century.” True, virtually all schools have computers these days and many are equipped with smart boards and broadband access. But in too […]

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Online privacy and security is a shared responsibility: Government, industry and you

by Larry Magid When it comes to privacy and security, I’m reminded of folks who drive to the airport without their seat belt on and then worry about the plane crashing. Planes do crash on very rare occasions but not nearly as often as cars. And when driving, there are things you can do to […]

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Important granularity on Net risk for teens: Study

New study in Pediatrics confirms that care for at-risk youth and Net-safety messaging need to map to public health’s levels of prevention – not be one-size-fits-all. By Anne Collier An article in the medical journal Pediatrics this month makes significant additions to what we know about youth risk online in two areas: parenting and risk […]

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The new, revised COPPA

The FTC’s aim is to sync a 1998 law up with current media and technology but it won’t be effective until COPPA’s also synced up with the regulatory conditions they create. By Anne Collier The US Federal Trade Commission’s revisions to the COPPA Rule announced today (12/19/12), are aimed at syncing up a rule mandated […]

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TWD going the way of DUI: Research

When more of us grasp that most people DON’T text while driving, as well as the great danger thereof, TWD will keep going down.

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ConnectSafely’s comment on FTC’s proposed COPPA revisions

A medium that is increasingly social or behavioral, global, and updated by users themselves in real time, 24/7, requires a difficult balance between government regulation and self-regulation (through education). As we’re already seeing with COPPA, government regulation can have the unintended consequence of increasing risks to children – in part because a US law assumes kids […]

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