What digital technology enabled, digital technology is thankfully helping to disable. The ability to share photos online revived the child-pornography “scourge that had nearly been eliminated in the late 1980s,” the New York Times reports, but technology developed by Microsoft and just starting to be implemented by Facebook – PhotoDNA – may “help to beat it back again.” The Times says the technology can help with identifying these images (even if “cropped or otherwise altered”) quickly among huge (Facebook-size) quantities of data. Facebook, now with more than 600 million worldwide users worldwide, is the first service to try out PhotoDNA, which Microsoft donated to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in December 2009, using it to find several thousand photos “among the 200 million images uploaded by its users each day,” the Times adds. Meanwhile, see this on the continuing decline in child sexual abuse, as reported by the Crimes Against Children Research Center last fall.
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems
- U.S. Safer Internet Day focused on potential, positives and problems too