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Experts: Don’t blame the victims of youth ‘selfies’

It’s a mistake to blame young people who take sexually explicit photos or videos of themselves when those images end up being redistributed over the Internet, according to experts who gathered in London this week to discuss a new study by the U.K.-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). It’s also a mistake to assume that the...

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Part 1: New data on youth “nudes” show disturbing trend

Young people around the globe are taking and sharing nude photos and videos of themselves, and the phenomenon appears to be occurring among younger and younger age groups, according to results from a new study sponsored by Microsoft. Data released today by the UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) show 17.5 percent of the more than...

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Safer Internet Day 2015: This year, “Do 1 (More) Thing” to stay safer online

One year ago today, Microsoft asked people across the globe to #Do1Thing to stay safer and more secure online by taking what may have been a first step toward safeguarding their digital lifestyles. Today, on Safer Internet Day 2015, we want everyone to add to last year’s pledges and #Do1MoreThing to become cyber savvy. In...

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Back-to-school checklist: Clean up my digital life

Ever wonder what your online image says about you? Do you constantly “check in” on social media, take daily selfies, or post the latest images of your kids? In an era of seemingly non-stop online sharing of our thoughts, images, and experiences, it’s important to understand the lasting impact our digital actions have on us...

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10 Years of Cyber Security Awareness

NCSA Board of Directors Vice Chair Today, the phrase “cyber security” prompts conversations at both the kitchen table and the boardroom table.  That’s noticeable progress, considering it’s been just 10 years since the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) launched its first awareness month in October 2003—a 31-day effort designed to raise the public consciousness about the...

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Back-to-School More Safely with Bing

The Internet is an extraordinary tool for enabling children to learn and explore the world around them.  Many parents and educators recognize that “digital literacy” is a prerequisite to helping students excel in today’s digital world.  That’s why I want to help spread the word about a new Microsoft initiative, Bing for Schools, to help...

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Online Safety: Key Issues for 2013 & Beyond

As noted in a recent post, I spent the spring months on a “listening tour.”  I spoke with prominent individuals both inside and outside of Microsoft, seeking opinions and insights to help inform the strategy and approach for my new role.  While my position and title may be new for the company—and the industry, the...

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Need for Online Safety-Focus: Alive & Well

When I officially assumed my new role this spring, I began a “listening tour” with the goal of further shaping Microsoft’s impact in helping to create safer, more trusted online experiences for individuals and families.  I’ve spoken with—actually interviewed—dozens of influential people both inside and outside Microsoft, in the U.S. and around the world, who...

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Want a New Job? Online Reputation Matters

Almost 46 percent of Internet users are going online to find a job, according to recent data.  That total nearly doubles when it comes to hiring managers using the Internet to screen prospective candidates.  Increasingly, such statistics, coupled with conversations about online reputation – like the one at last week’s 2013 FOSI European Forum –...

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