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  1. UN bringing child rights into the digital age - By Larry Magid In 1989 the United Nations passed an important human rights treaty. The Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was ratified by all countries in the world except Somalia, Southern Sudan and — believe it or not — the … Continue reading
  2. IGF attendees complain about censorship in Turkey while some advocate it for youth - (Istanbul, Turkey)  Censorship is very much on the minds of attendees at this year’s Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul. One reason, of course, is because the meeting is being held in a country that has censored the Web. Earlier this … Continue reading
  3. Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech - I’m writing this column on a flight to Istanbul and then on to Geneva for two United Nations conferences.  Istanbul is the site of this year’s U.N. Internet Governance Forum (IGF), while the Geneva meetings will focus on digital media … Continue reading
  4. It’s time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy - by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News As students return to school, it’s time to think about absolute necessities like pens, paper, school clothes, a laptop or tablet and, of course, a learning network … Continue reading
  5. IAC’s buys and hires a safety officer to stem bullying -, which is owned by IAC/InteractiveCorp., has acquired, a Latvia-based question and answer site that has come under criticism because of past incidences of bullying. The site, which allows people to anonymously ask questions of others, is widely used … Continue reading
  6. Safe computing includes minding your ergonomics -  I recently set up a new home office, which not only involved countless trips to Ikea, but also having to deal with ergonomics — something I hadn’t thought much about since the last time I set up an office. Merriam … Continue reading
  7. Safety, security and privacy risks of fitness tracking and ‘quantified self’ - Symantec is out with a report that raises questions about the safety and security of wearable technology. In a report, How Safe is Your Quantified Self, Symantec “found security risks in a large number of self-tracking devices and applications,” including the finding that “all of the … Continue reading
  8. Don’t let stalkers or abusers and creeps track your phone’s location - Modern cell phones know where you are. This can be a very good thing, but — in the wrong hands — it can also lead to potential abuse. As Kaofeng Lee and Erica Olsen point out in the article, Cell Phone Location, Privacy and … Continue reading
  9. Don’t let stalkers or abusers and creeps track your phone’s location - Read the full post at
  10. Let’s stop persecuting ‘Auschwitz selfie girl’ for smiling at a camera - I grew up Jewish so I’m naturally very sensitive to the horrors that took place at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. I’m also very critical of Holocaust deniers and those who would minimize what the Nazis did to Jews, gays and … Continue reading

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