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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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Location-Based Services can be Used Safety

As with any technology there can be some safety and privacy risks associated with location-based-services, but by paying attention to privacy features, they can be used safely.  

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Internet safety belongs at Colbert’s “Keep Fear Alive” March

by Larry Magid If you’re reading, Stephen Colbert, please sign me up as a speaker at the March to Keep Fear Alive that you’re holding on Oct. 30 at the same time as Jon Stewart’s Sanity Rally. I want to tell the crowd how the Internet is endangering — no, destroying — our children. I […]

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McAfee: Our shortened URLs are safer (podcast)

by Larry MagidSeptember 21, 2010  Anyone who has used Twitter has seen those shortened URLs from TinyURL.com, Bitly, and other such services. The advantage of those shortened URLs is that they take up less space, which can be very important on Twitter, where messages are limited to no more than 140 characters, but the disadvantage […]

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Privacy Panic Focused on Wrong Issues

Privacy concerns, which are increasingly part of the online safety discussion, need to be based on real, not imagined dangers.  by Larry MagidAugust 17, 2010  Lately I’ve gotten a sense that lots of Internet users are suffering from “privacy panic,” not unlike the “predator panic” that plagued the Internet a few years ago when lots of […]

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Using Facebook Places Privacy Controls

By Larry MagidThis article originally appeared on CNET News.com Facebook’s privacy settings enable users to customize who sees where you are.(Credit: Facebook) In designing its new Places geolocation service, Facebook seems to have learned from its past privacy blunders. The new service has multiple layers of privacy control, but as with other aspects of Facebook privacy, users need […]

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Let’s not create a cyberbullying panic

by Larry Magid Recent stories in the press about teenage cyberbullying and real-world bullying are sickening. It’s hard to know how much cyberbullying contributed to her decision to kill herself, but the case of the Phoebe Prince brings tears to my eyes. The South Hadley, Mass., 15-year-old was reportedly the brunt of repeated cruelty at the hands […]

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Report to Congress: Media literacy, not fear, can protect youth online

by Larry Magid  Youth Safety on a Living Internet (PDF), the final report by the Online Safety Technology Working Group (OSTWG), found that the best way to assure youth safety on the Internet “points to the growing importance of online citizenship and media-literacy education, in addition to what has come to be seen as online safety […]

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So-called Facebook ‘panic button’ is not about panic

By Larry Magid After months of negotiations, Facebook has reached an agreement with the U.K’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre that will result in a new safety application aimed at British 13-18 year olds. CEOP, the UK government’s police agency responsible for protecting children against sexual exploitation, had been pressuring Facebook to install what […]

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