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Podcast: Larry Magid speaks with Mike Ribble on the meaning of ‘digital citizenship’

Lots of people love to use the term “digital citizenship,” and while Mike Ribble doesn’t claim to have coined the term, he is often closely associated with it. Digital Citizenship in Schools (now in its second edition) was not only the subject of his doctoral dissertation, but the title of a book. To commemorate Digital Citizenship […]

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Digital Trust Foundation seeking proposals regarding online privacy, safety and security

A new foundation, born out of a lawsuit regarding Facebook’s Beacon project, is giving away more than $6 million “to fund projects and initiatives that promote the cause of online privacy, safety, and security.” It seems like an eternity ago, but in 2007, Facebook launched the Beacon advertising program that transferred data from external websites […]

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Why cybersecurity is patriotic and humanistic

I’d like to add National Cyber Security Awareness Month to the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Veterans Day as yet another patriotic holiday. And while we’re at it, let’s make it a global celebration. That’s because protecting your own devices and accounts is more than patriotic, it’s downright humanistic, because you’re benefiting your fellow “netizens” around the globe. […]

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National Cyber Security Month: Why cyber security matters to everyone

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month — as good a time as any to remind people that their cyber security hygiene doesn’t just affect them, but everyone around them. And in the globally connected world we live in, that literally is everyone. Your cyber hygiene affects others It’s not unlike public health. One of […]

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High school kids show strong support for First Amendment

Let me start out by admitting my bias. I’m a strong supporter of the First Amendment. With very few exceptions (like child sex abuse images and yelling “fire” in a crowded theater), I believe that free speech is an absolute right for people of all ages and it makes me feel good when I learn […]

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UN bringing child rights into the digital age

By Larry Magid In 1989 the United Nations passed an important human rights treaty. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was ratified by all countries in the world except Somalia, Southern Sudan and — believe it or not — the United States.* Rights and protections And even though this document was written before kids started […]

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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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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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