Safer Internet Day - Microsoft welcomes Queensland Police Services, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to ThinkUKnow

Microsoft welcomes Queensland Police Service, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia to the ThinkUKnow program. The partnership will help deliver more training to more parents on this extremely important topic, resulting in a safer online environment for children. We are proud to be a part of the program supporting Safer Internet Day. JOINT MEDIA RELEASE: AFP…


Parents across regional Queensland connect to ThinkUKnow

The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) together with ThinkUKnow, an initiative of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft, and supported by ninemsn and Datacom, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deliver cyber-safety training to parents across Queensland. The partnership was announced today, marking the first day of National Cyber Security Awareness…


Microsoft welcomes Social Networking Protocol

Microsoft today welcomed the Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling announced by the Prime Minister which calls on major technology companies to work co-operatively with Government, law enforcement agencies and the community to help address the issue of online bullying. “Technology and social media offer amazing opportunities to connect, share and communicate, but it also brings…


PhotoDNA - Science on the Side of Abused Kids

Like many, I’ve long been a fan of the television show CSI:at least in most of its incarnations. I’ve often wondered though whether the amazing application of scientific techniques could really support law enforcement as easily as it is sometimes portrayed in the show’s episodes. Could information technologies for example really help find and eliminate…


Facebook to Use Microsoft’s PhotoDNA Technology to Combat Child Exploitation

(Cross posted from Microsoft on the Issues. Editor’s note: The following is a guest post authored by Ernie Allen, president and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children). In late 2009, I wrote on this blog about PhotoDNA, an important technological step forward in preventing the spread of child sexual exploitation online….

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Australian Policymakers Play Key Role in Cloud Safety

Posted by Julie Inman-GrantDirector, Privacy and Internet Safety Outreach, Trustworthy Computing The explosive growth of cloud computing services and Internet-connected mobile devices is creating exciting opportunities for users to connect, share common interests and access information.  Australians, traditionally known around the world as “early technology adopters” have clearly embraced consumer cloud technologies. However, as the…

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National Child Protection Week

This week the Australian Federal Police (AFP) released a new ThinkUKnow video highlighting the dangers of texting images. The video was launched to coincide with White Balloon Day and National Child Protection Week.   National Child Protection Week is an initiative led by the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).  The…

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Our thoughts on cyber safety

The increasing pervasiveness of the Internet opens up new opportunities as well as presenting increased challenges. One such challenge is the issue of cyber safety. In our submission to the Joint select Committee on cyber safety we have outlined our views and initiatives in this area. Among our recommendations include: • Appointing a “Cyber Tzar,” located…

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Filtering decisions require independent review – who do you trust?

Technorati Tags: Filter,censorship,child protection,refused classification   Tomorrow (Friday 12 February) is the closing day for submissions to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in respect of proposed measures to increase accountability and transparency for Refused Classification material under the Federal Government’s proposed mandatory internet service provider filter. The Government’s consultation paper followed…

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