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Content with tag digital civility .

European teenagers use their voices for digital good at Italy's Safer Internet Day events

  • Awareness
  • 22/02/2019
  • Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft Chief Online Safety Officer

On Monday, 4 February 2019, the 2020 Smarter Internet for Kids Agenda took place in Milan, Italy, gathering many different stakeholders to discuss the priority areas affecting young people online. Microsoft participated in the event to hear the ideas and view the work of dozens of teens, and to promote digital civility, safer and healthier online interactions among all people. During the event, the youth also presented 16 goals to mark 16 years of Safer Internet Day.

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New Microsoft research shows reports of increased civility online

  • Awareness
  • 22/02/2019
  • Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft

For Safer Internet Day 2019, Microsoft released a new research showing that people around the world, and in particular in the United States, Germany, France and Belgium, are reportedly experiencing increased levels of online civility.

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Hacking online hate speech with SELMA

Hate speech is increasingly common on social media; but that does not make it any less problematic. A recent study released by the SELMA (Social and Emotional Learning for Mutual Awareness) project shows how online hate speech has become an inevitable part of young people's daily experiences online, with education and awareness-raising efforts on the topic lagging behind. To complement existing initiatives to regulate, monitor or report online hate speech, a more pro-active answer is needed.

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Hate speech online – EU Code of Conduct ensures swift response

The fourth evaluation on the EU Code of Conduct has been published on Monday, 4 February 2019, for Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, demonstrating that this initiative by the European Commission (EC) delivers successful results.

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Microsoft's Council for Digital Good, six months later

  • Awareness
  • 13/02/2019
  • Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft Chief Online Safety Officer

In July 2018, Microsoft concluded its inaugural Council for Digital Good, an initiative involving 15 teens from 12 US states, selected to help advance Microsoft's work in digital civility: promoting safer and healthier online interactions among all people. Six months later, Microsoft shares what these impressive young people have done since their council term ended, as well as their planned activities for Safer Internet Day 2019.

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Microsoft study shows teens are looking to parents for help with online issues

Microsoft's latest study, called "Civility, Safety and Interaction Online – 2018", shows an encouraging development in online safety. Indeed, there has been a stark increase in the numbers of teenagers turning to their parents and other trusted adults to solve online problems. 

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Microsoft's Council for Digital Good calls on US policymakers to promote digital civility

  • Awareness
  • 31/07/2018
  • Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft

In an open letter to U.S. law- and policy-makers, Microsoft's Council for Digital Good is calling on government to address digital-world realities like cyberbullying and "sextortion" by modernizing laws and promoting in-school education to encourage positive online behaviors.

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Microsoft digital civility study shows online abuse often comes from people's own social circles

According to Microsoft's latest study, released on Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018, people's digital interactions and responses to online risks appear to be improving around the world – though perhaps surprisingly, many of those who have been targeted for abuse online say their perpetrators came from their immediate families and social circles.

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