MIT Technology Review: Microsoft has created a tool to find pedophiles in online chats

MIT Technology Review: Microsoft has created a tool to find pedophiles in online chats. “Microsoft has created an automated system to detect sexual predators trying to groom children online. The tool, code-named Project Artemis, is designed to spot patterns of communication in conversations.”

OpenGov Asia: New website to provide Australians with a safer online experience

OpenGov Asia: New website to provide Australians with a safer online experience. “The national online hub provides comprehensive online education resources and tools to report harmful content. This will promote safer, more positive online experiences and help Australians learn more about safeguarding themselves and their children from online harms.”

Route Fifty: Ohio Establishes ‘Cyber Reserve’ to Combat Ransomware

Route Fifty: Ohio Establishes ‘Cyber Reserve’ to Combat Ransomware. “At least three local governments in Ohio and the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport have all been hit with ransomware attacks in the last year alone. The next time hackers go after a local government in Ohio, however, the state will have a new weapon to deploy: the Ohio Cyber Reserve.”

TechCrunch: TikTok’s new set of safety videos teach users about features, the app’s focus on ‘positivity’

TechCrunch: TikTok’s new set of safety videos teach users about features, the app’s focus on ‘positivity’. “TikTok today released a new set of safety videos designed to playfully inform users about the app’s privacy controls and other features — like how to filter comments or report inappropriate behavior, among other things. One video also addresses TikTok’s goal of creating a ‘positive’ social media environment, where creativity is celebrated and harassment is banned.”

Neowin: BBC launches digital wellbeing keyboard aimed at children

Neowin: BBC launches digital wellbeing keyboard aimed at children. “The BBC has announced the availability of its Own It keyboard app which aims to improve the digital wellbeing of children. The Own It app is interesting in that it functions as an app but also doubles as a keyboard which you can use across different apps. BBC has baked in machine learning which visually alerts the child if they’re writing something negative, prompting them to rethink whether or not they want to issue the message.”

The Journal (Ireland): Government to put pressure on social media companies over online safety

The Journal (Ireland): Government to put pressure on social media companies over online safety. “Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has said that he plans to introduce an independent online safety commissioner, following calls for more action to ensure that children are using the internet safely online.”

New York Times: The Baroness Fighting to Protect Children Online

New York Times: The Baroness Fighting to Protect Children Online. “Beeban Kidron, Silicon Valley’s latest antagonist, sat on the patio of a boutique hotel near Facebook’s headquarters recently, camouflaged in the local uniform of jeans and sneakers. A member of the House of Lords, she had just flown in from London to attend an international meeting hosted by the social network. And now, in a hotel thronging with tech executives, she was recounting her plan to overhaul how their companies treat children.”