Thursday, March 24, 2011

Child Pornographers Use Online Social Networks to Foil Investigators - The Washington Post

Child Pornographers Use Online Social Networks to Foil Investigators - The Washington PostTechnology is tricky. While it can provide criminals with new tools, it can also provide law enforcement and advocacy groups with powerful tools to find and report criminals.
While Google shut down this technology several years ago (and is actively involved in the fight against child sexual exploitation), instant picture and video-sharing features exist on hundreds of applications.
That's why it is crucial that law enforcement are trained in the latests apps and digital technology capabilties. That way, when they walk in to slap on the cuffs, they know what to look for and where.
Luckily for those of us on the side of the kids, child molesters and creeps online leave trails of cyberbreadcrumbs, from the embedded GPS code on many cameras, to MAC and device information.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Joy Behar viewers: Take our new survey on what we can do to stop cyberbullying.

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You can be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem. You can report it and not support it! You can speak out and provide help and support to others who need it.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Don't Stand By, Stand Up - Take the survey

Don't Stand By, Stand Up (25)Too often we focus on all the teens and preteens who are acting out online. A vast majority are caring and use the digital technologies for fun, education and to change the world. Take this survey and show everyone how we can change things for the better.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thinking Outside of the Box - no knee jerk reactions to what .XXX means
to review WiredSafety's whitepaper on dot xxx and what it can mean for privacy, child protection and the security of adults.

Dot XXX registry approved after years...

ICM Registry
PRESS RELEASE (US Version).XXX adult entertainment domain name gets the go ahead
- ICANN authorizes ICM Registry’s .XXX as a top level domain name -
- Landmark decision provides progressive new home for adult entertainment online -

Friday, 18th March 2011, San Francisco – The .XXX top level domain name (TLD) was today given final approval by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The approval grants ICM Registry’s .XXX web suffix with the same rights as .com, .net, and other TLDs. The only difference being that as a sponsored TLD, .XXX domain names will only be available to the adult entertainment industry. The contract will require anyone registering a .XXX domain to complete an application process endorsed and overseen by the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR).

The introduction of .XXX provides numerous benefits. For consumers who wish to browse adult entertainment sites, itprovides reassurance they are more protected from the risk of viruses, identity theft, credit card fraud and inadvertent exposure to child abuse images. It will also provide individuals and parents who wish to avoid adult entertainment sites the opportunity to filter out unwanted .XXX material.

The benefits of .XXX for online adult entertainment providers include predictable revenue streams, greater customer retention and the chance to take a proactive and responsible approach to their web presence.

Stuart Lawley, CEO of ICM Registry, the company behind .XXX, said: “ICANN’s decision to give .XXX final approval is a landmark moment for the internet. For the first time there will be a clearly defined web address for adult entertainment, out of the reach of minors and as free as possible from fraud or malicious computer viruses.

“We believe consumers will be more prepared to make purchases on .XXX sites, safe in the knowledge their payments will be secure. Tens of thousands of adult entertainment website owners recognize the business benefits of .XXX and have already applied to pre-reserve over 200,000 .XXX domains.”

.XXX will be regulated by IFFOR, an independent non-profit entity made up of a seven-person Policy Council, including a child protection representative, a privacy and security expert, free-speech advocates and adult entertainment industry leaders. It will be funded primarily by $10 (USD) annually from every .XXX domain registered.

Clyde Beattie, Director, IFFOR, said: “Today’s announcement means IFFOR will be able to contribute programs to make a difference in protecting children online. In addition, we will be able to establish a forum for the online adult entertainment community to communicate and proactively respond to the needs and concerns of the broader internet community.”

ICM Registry will offer current intellectual property owners the opportunity to reserve relevant domain names before going to the open market, enabling them to protect their brand names and intellectual property rights within .XXX.

For more information, please visit:

For further information, please contact Jonathan Schecter at M&C Saatchi PR:

Tel: + 1 646 202 9613
For out of hours, please call: +1 646 592 3437

About ICM Registry (
ICM Registry is the company behind .XXX. ICM Registry is a financially stable and completely independent entity with no affiliation, current or historic, with the adult entertainment industry. As a registry operator, ICM Registry will provide management, supporting infrastructure and back-end functionality.

About IFFOR (
IFFOR is a non-profit entity that will serve as the policy-making body for the .XXX extension. It is independent from ICM Registry and will have its own board of directors and Policy Council representing all stakeholders, including child safety representatives, members of the free speech community and adult entertainment industry leaders.

IFFOR will be funded primarily by $10 (USD) annually from every .XXX domain registered and will engage in various programs and activities, including:

• Promoting public awareness of technologies, programs, organizations and methods available to protect children online
• Enhancing development and proliferation of systems for labeling and identifying material
• Sponsoring approved child safety and reporting organizations
• Supporting free expression to allow Internet users’ right to choose the online material they desire

wiredsafety and pace collaborate on a mobile safety summit.

THE EXAMINER – PLEASANTVILLE: Darren Hayes – Op-Ed on Safer Use of Mobile Devices | Press Room

Fair Lawn students step up against cyberbullying -

Fair Lawn students step up against cyberbullying - NorthJersey.comthese students just started their Teenangels training and attended a mobile safety event hosted by WiredSafety and sponsored by Facebook and Verizon.
They are terrific and insightful teens and preteens. Once trained, they will do local speaking engagements to schools, parents and policymakers.

Teen to take on her alleged online sex harrasser - The Early Show - CBS News

Teen to take on her alleged online sex harrasser - The Early Show - CBS Newsthis is one case where we need to amend federal sexual exploitation laws. One federal law, adopted in 1998, provides that anyone who targets a teen under the age of 16 for sexual solicitation by third parties can be convicted of a felony and serve 5 yrs behind bars. Kelsey was 16, so this law just missed applying to her case. This is not a case of sexting, where she took and shared an image of herself. The teen who targeted her chose a porn actresses image that was roughly her siz and shape and then posted Kelsey's name and cell number next to the image. a 55 yr old man texted her, seeking sexual servvices. That was the onlly way she had learned of this horrible attack. The age needs to be moved to under 18. There is not reason why a great girl, who guards her innocence carefully, should be targeted by someone and he walks away becasue she was 16 and not 15. No reason whatsoever. I hope to speak with Congressional leaders to see what we can do to bring justice to the next teen horribly defamed and exploited in this way.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Children's Social Security Numbers Targeted For Identity Theft

Children's Social Security Numbers Targeted For Identity Theftmore and more often the social security numbers of young people, from the earliest weeks after birth in some cases, are being stolen for identity theft. typically the theft goes undiscovered until the minor turns 18and applies for credit.

we need to address this.

Monday, March 07, 2011

‘Sextortion’ becomes new form of blackmail | Capitol Hill Blue

‘Sextortion’ becomes new form of blackmail | Capitol Hill Blue

Middle School Students Wow Cybercrime Expert - Fair Lawn, NJ Patch

Middle School Students Wow Cybercrime Expert - Fair Lawn, NJ PatchI have been donating several school presentations recently in NJ as part of a promise I made to Senator Lautenberg and at an event he pulled together on cyberullying last month. The Fairlawn kids were terrific. I have also been at the Rise Academy in Newark, at the Roselle schools, School 18 in Paterson.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

14-year old child pornographers? Sexting lawsuits get serious

14-year old child pornographers? Sexting lawsuits get seriousIn a typical sexting case, a young girl took sexual pictures and shared them with a boy she liked. There was coercion, the kind boys have used forever...I won't like you if you don't, I won't be your friend if you don't and the promises of never sharing it with anyone. When the boy broke his promise and shared it with others who then shared it with the world, the girl was devastated. Her parents sued. When we look at sexting, typically, we look at the criminal laws that are making our teens and preteens registered sex offenders fr stupid actions. They can legally have sex with someone, but if anyone records it on video or in a still image, both can be charged with child pornography crimes under federal and most state laws.

The laws were not designed to handle consensual production and sharing of sexual images among minors. Instead, the law recognizes of young people often do not understand consequences and can be easily owerpowered emotionally and convinced or coerced into taking or posing for these sexual images. That's why whether or not the pictures were taken consensually, the minor in the image is not allowed to provide legal consent. But minors are held accountable for breaking the law, even at 13 and 14.

If we separate the sexual exploitation piece from the harassment piece, the negligent or intentional spreading of a private image beyond the terms permitted, is it easier to find culpability? In states having common law privacy rights, the better action may be for public dissemintation of private facts. This is less about coercion and force than it is about betrayal.

And the courts are well-versed in handling lawsuit alleging betrayal and broken promises.