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Facebook Grapples With Fighting Hate Speech While Protecting Free Speech

This post is an expanded version of Larry’s column that first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Media companies, governments and courts have long debated where to draw the line on what speech should be permitted and what should be banned. The FCC, for example, has strict limits on what can be broadcast on radio and […]

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Slideshow:Tips on strong, secure passwords

There are a lot of good reasons to have strong and secure passwords. Not only does it protect you, but it protects the rest of us as well. Enabling intruders to break into your accounts puts undo stress on networks that affect everyone. It doesn’t have to be difficult to have strong passwords that are […]

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Popular 20 year-old Internet “child safety” booklet completely revised

  I’m excited to announce the 20th anniversary edition of Child Safety on the Information Highway.  I know, the title is really dated but the content is all new. When I wrote the booklet, people really did use the term “information highway.” Written in 1993, the booklet was published in early 1994 by National Center […]

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Winning videos explore the good side of the Internet

For the past several years I’ve helped judge Trend Micro’s annual What’s Your Story video contest  which, in past years, focused on how to combat Internet risks like cyberbullying and inappropriate use of mobile technology. But this year, the contest had a more uplifting theme. Contestants were asked to create videos that addressed the question, […]

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Study: Some teens feel ‘obligated’ to use Facebook – most savvy about privacy

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/93299931" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] A new study by the Pew Research Center has good and bad news for Facebook’s role as a teen destination.  The report, Teens, Social Media and Privacy, shows that Facebook’s popularity with teens has actualy grown by 1% since 2011 to a whopping 94% of all teen social media […]

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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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Help Support an Inspirational Picture Book for Kids and Get a Copy for Yourself

Children’s book author Trudy Ludwig, who specializes in books “that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing world of children’s social interactions,” is working on an extraordinary project that deserves widespread support. She’s collaborating with illustrator Craig Orback on a 32-page picture book titled Gifts from the Enemy, based on the true-life story of Alter Wiener, a teen survivor of five prison […]

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Researcher dispels five myths about missing children

by Larry Magid David Finkelhor, the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire and a researcher for the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children, has written an incredibly useful article for the Washington Post, debunking 5 myths about missing children: 1. Most missing children have been […]

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Snapchat photos can be undeleted as well as captured: When it matters

by Larry Magid I recently wrote about Snapchat, the popular photo sharing app that allows users to share photos that will self-destruct from between 1 and 10 seconds after they’re viewed.  As I said in that story, there are many reasons people use Android and Apple iOS app and that, despite worries about sexting, most kids […]

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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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