Commonwealth Bank joins ThinkUKnow cyber safety program to keep children safe

As a proud founding ThinkUKnow partner, Microsoft is delighted to welcome the Commonwealth Bank to the ThinkUKnow program. The Commonwealth Bank Group has signed onto the ThinkUKnow cyber safety program to help keep Australian children safe online.Ninety-five per cent of children use the internet regularly, with eight-year-olds online daily, and for 41 per cent of…


Minister launches ThinkUKnow Presentation in Stirling, WA

Yesterday the Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan, returned to his home electorate of Stirling, Western Australia, to launch a ThinkUKnow cyber safety presentation.  The ThinkUKnow program works to educate parents, teachers and carers about the risks faced online and provide help in creating a safer online experience for our youth and children. Since the pilot…


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…


Microsoft & AFP online safety program, ThinkUKnow, receives the NAPCAN Outstanding Prevention Initiative Award

Today, during National Child Protection Week (NCPW), ThinkUKnow was awarded ‘Outstanding Prevention Initiative’ by the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, at the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) ‘Play Your Part’ Awards Breakfast.   Microsoft is proud of this important partnership with the Australian Federal Police, which is also supported by…


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…


Safer Internet Day 2013

Safer Internet Day is an annual event organised by the European network for internet safety, Insafe. This year, Safer Internet Day will be held on 5 February and celebrated in more than 60 countries worldwide. The theme of Safer Internet Day 2013 is “Online Rights and Responsibilities” and users around the world are encouraged to…


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…


A little known feature making a big difference

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Week, we wanted to highlight one of the lesser known features in your browser that is making a big difference to the safety of Australian consumers online.  It’s called SmartScreen Application Reputation and it’s a free feature switched on by default in Internet Explorer 9. Social-engineering attacks, like…


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…


Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Unveiled in the US

At the recent Cloud Summit in Canberra the issue of consumer data privacy and empowerment, data transfers and the flow of information across borders were hot topics. Ultimately without consumer trust in the operation of cloud based services and the Internet overall, and the operation of a global service delivery system the opportunities promised by…