“Safer Socializing on the Internet” Presentation to the AARP

 On December 1, 2011 I gave an hour-long presentation on “Safer Socializing on the Internet” to the AARP of Washington as part of an all-day “Get Connected” event in Spokane, Washington.  This was a consumer presentation covering the basics of adult online safety, including how ensure your PC is patched and protected, and online safety…

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The Week in Online Safety, December 26, 2011

The Week in Online Safety, December 26, 2011A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence NewsU.S. – Teens,Sexting and ‘Cyberbaiting’, Voice of America, Dec. 18, 2011 Canada – Police irked by the rise of online vigilantism, CNews, Dec. 23, 2011 Australia – Aussies want parental control from ISPs, and they’d…

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The Week in Online Safety, December 19, 2011

The Week in Online Safety, December 19, 2011A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence NewsU.S. – Facebook throws potentially suicidal users a Lifeline, CNET, Dec. 13, 2011 U.S. – Who’s Opposed To .XXX Domain Names? Not Exactly Whom You’d Think, NPR, Dec. 14, 2011 U.S. – Internet Compulsion Disorder:…

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New White Paper Details Privacy Safeguards of Office 365

 Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft, writes on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog: Privacy is a top priority for many users of cloud computing, so Microsoft today is releasing a white paper that details many of the specific data protection policies, procedures and tools that have been integrated into Office 365, our newest cloud…

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The Week in Online Safety, December 12, 2011

The Week in Online Safety, December 12, 2011A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence NewsU.S. – When Children Text All Day, What Happens To Their Social Skills?, The Huffington Post, Dec. 9, 2011 U.S. – New .xxx domain for porn debuts to mixed feelings, USA Today, Dec. 6, 2011…

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Wanted: Technology Breakthroughs to Fight Child Sex Trafficking

Samantha Doerr, Public Affairs Manager, Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit writes on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog: There are few online crimes more heartbreaking than technology-facilitated crimes against children, which is why Microsoft is working with experts to advance innovation to combat them, including a research effort on child sex trafficking being introduced today by…

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The Week in Online Safety, December 5, 2011

The Week in Online Safety, December 5, 2011A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence NewsU.S. – Schools add Internet etiquette, safety to coursework, USA Today, Nov. 30, 2011  U.S. – Are tablets good for kids to play games and watch videos?, ABC News, Dec. 2, 2011 U.S. – High…

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Microsoft Joins European Commission’s CEO Coalition on Child Online Safety

Peter Cullen, General Manager, Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft writes on the Microsoft on the Issues Blog: Today, European Union Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced the formation of the ‘CEO Coalition on Child Online Safety.’ Microsoft is pleased to be a founding member of this coalition, which is a collective effort of government and industry to discuss best…

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SkyDrive: Everything on SkyDrive that you upload is private until you tell us otherwise.

Microsoft recently released a number of upgrades to our file storing and sharing service, SkyDrive.com.  A lengthy blog post by Omar Shahine on the Inside Windows Live blog describes the changes, which include strong privacy protections to help prevent the kind of “inadvertent sharing” which sometimes occurs with online services: When you click Share in the…

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The Week in Online Safety, November 28, 2011

The Week in Online Safety, November 28, 2011 A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence NewsU.S. – Schools address online bullying, changing issues, Gannet News, Nov. 23, 2011 U.S. – Netflix ‘Just for Kids’ section launches on Wii, The Verge, Nov. 22, 2011  U.S. – Mobile app content ratings…

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