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Child Protection and Safeguarding Technologies: Appropriate or Excessive 'Solutions' to Social Problems?

Maggie Brennan Andy Phippen



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03 September 2019
IT & Communications law; Social law; Computer fraud & hacking
This book explores, through a children's rights-based perspective, the emergence of a safeguarding dystopia in child online protection that has emerged from a tension between an over-reliance in technical solutions and a lack of understanding around code and algorithm capabilities. The text argues that a safeguarding dystopia results in docile children, rather than safe ones, and that we should stop seeing technology as the sole solution to online safeguarding.

The reader will, through reading this book, gain a deeper understanding of the current policy arena in online safeguarding, what causes children to beocme upset online, and the doomed nature of safeguarding solutions. The book also features a detailed analysis of issues surrounding content filtering, access monitoring, surveillance, image recognition, and tracking.

This book is aimed at legal practitioners, law students, and those interested in child safeguarding and technology.
By:   Maggie Brennan, Andy Phippen
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   295g
ISBN:   9781138555402
ISBN 10:   1138555401
Pages:   94
Publication Date:   03 September 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andy Phippen is a Professor of Social Responsibility in Information Technology at the University of Plymouth. He has specialised in the use of ICTs in social contexts for almost 20 years, carrying out a large amount of grassroots research on issues such as privacy and data protection, and internet safety and contemporary social concerns like sexting, peer abuse, and the impact of digital technology on wellbeing. He has presented written and oral evidence to parliamentary inquiries related to the use of ICTs in society, is widely published in the area, and is a frequent media commentator on these issues. Maggie Brennan is a research psychologist, based at the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork.

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