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.
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- What are we really seeing in the social media fishbowl?
- Spoiler alert: Kid loves teaching Twitter to Dad
- At the IGF: Youth participation = greater youth e-safety
- Enabling peer protection: Knowledge is empowerment
- Millennials’ changing social media use: Survey
- Heard of Twitch? Amazon has!
- Dealing with the nasties online
- Leadership in bullying prevention and so much more
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- UN bringing child rights into the digital age
- IGF attendees complain about censorship in Turkey while some advocate it for youth
- Internet Governance Forum topics include human rights, network neutrality and child protection
- Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech
- It’s time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy
- Why Google (and Facebook) should admit kids under 13
- As Ferguson struggles, Georgia teens create app to rate police departments
- Tech can make driving dangerous, but also safer