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Keeping track of your kids before and after school

August 18, 2017

Let’s face it, most parents worry about their children and look for reassurances that everything is OK. And while you can’t know exactly that’s going on with your kids 24/7, there are ways that you can track their location, know when they’ve arrived home and even look in on them when they are at home. Before I go into how, I’d like to talk about why, why not and how [...]

Government warrant threatens privacy and free speech of all web users

August 17, 2017

Regardless of your political views or web surfing habits, you should be concerned that the Justice Department got a warrant to require a web hosting company to turn over information on people who visited an anti-Trump protest site. It could have a chilling effect on both personal privacy and freedom of speech for people of all or no political persuasions. [...]

What to do if you’re harassed or cyberbullied on Twitter

August 11, 2017

Although Twitter has done a great deal lately to cut back on abuse, there are still situations where people are harassed, cyberbullied and impersonated on the popular service. And, while there is no fool-proof way to get people not to say nasty things about you on Twitter or any other service, there are ways to limit your exposure to abusive content and report abuse. Blocking accounts on Twitter [...]

Facebook Watch lets people view and share professional video content

August 10, 2017

Facebook is rolling out Watch, a new service that allows users to find, view and share live and recorded video programs. The service, which will be on mobile, on computers and Facebook will features episodes — live or recorded — that “follow a theme or storyline,” according to Facebook. Categories of programs will include: Most Talked About, What’s Making People Laugh What [...]

Audioburst lets you search through radio and podcasts

August 9, 2017

Try an Audioburst search Think of it as the Google of audio, a search engine that’s able to find, and let you hear audio from podcasts and radio shows. In June, the company announced a $6.7 million round of funding led by Japanese speech recognition tech company Advanced Media along with other investors. It’s able to index audio programs and make them searchable through a variety of [...]

Google CEO about employee fired for ‘advancing harmful gender stereotypes’

August 8, 2017

Here is the full text of the memo in question by fired Google engineer James Damore. And here is Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s open letter to Google employees; “First, let me say that we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it. However, portions of [...]

The Well-Meaning ‘Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act’ Could Be A Trojan Horse

August 7, 2017

It’s hard for me to argue about a proposed law called Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. After all, I’m co-founder and CEO of ConnectSafely.org, an internet safety group, and have been active in child protection organizations for decades. But this proposed law, which has the support of several prominent Republican and Democratic senators, may have some unintended consequences both [...]

Keeping your kids safer(r) on Kik

August 4, 2017

Click to read Parents guide Thomas Fox-Brewster’s recent Forbes post about child exploitation on Kik raises issues that can’t be ignored. As Fox-Brewster documents, there have been reports of far too much illegal child abuse material on the service as well as cases of young people being targeted for grooming. Coincidentally, this report came the same week that my non-profit internet [...]
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