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Harvard setups Internet Security Task Force Martie 3, 2008

Posted by MoshutZu in IT si Comunicatii, Stiri.
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Harvard University will lead MySpace, Facebook, Google and others in examining how to keep children safe on the Internet. Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society was named Thursday to head the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, formed from a pact that popular social networking site MySpace made in January with all the state attorneys general except Texas. MySpace also agreed to set up a 24-hour hot line and remove sexual predators from its site. The industrywide task force, organized by MySpace and turned over to the Berkman Center, stems from concerns as children and teens spend more time on the Internet and particularly on sites like Facebook and MySpace to hang out with friends and meet new ones. Reports and threats of online predators posing as teenagers and contacting them through social networking sites have fanned fears.

“I’m committed to ensuring the Internet is safer through this task force,” said John Palfrey, the Berkman Center’s executive director, who will lead the project. But, he added, “No one-size-fits-all answer is going to keep kids safe.” Palfrey said that some Internet safety concerns have been misunderstood and overstated, and that one of the first tasks will be to identify the problems that young people face today on the Web. He expects the group to study how to keep children from stumbling across content that they shouldn’t be seeing, and how to prevent unwanted and inappropriate contact online. The group also will evaluate current Internet safety practices, such as age verification technology, and recommend best practices. Does this mean we are about to see more and more age verification forms? Hopefully not, as they are completely useless anyway.

Source: SF Chronicle

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