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EU to tackle Internet child pornography March 1, 2008

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The European Union’s executive body, the European Commission, has unveiled a new ‘Safer Internet’ program to tackle online child pornography.

The EU will spend a total of 55 million euros ($$83 million) between 2009 and 2013 on the program, which is aimed at both online child pornography and the protection of children using the Internet.

The program aims to create “a safer online environment for our children by promoting self-regulatory initiatives and greater awareness in society,” said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Barroso said: “Where there is illegal content online, rapid and determined action by public authorities will be ensured by strengthened reporting systems.”

The four major goals of ‘Safer Internet’ are reducing illegal content and harmful content online, promoting a safer generally online environment, raising public awareness of the issue, and increasing knowledge of the use of new technology by children.

The program also intends to create “national contact points for reporting illegal content and digital bullying, but focusing on pornographic material,” the EUobserver Web site said.

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Who google for sex and who for money March 1, 2008

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Indians, Egyptians google for ‘sex’, Chinese for money

Sex was the keyword most frequently used by Google users in Egypt, India and Turkey, the search engine giant has said, but in mainland China people hunt for money and technology.

A list recently released by Google China showed four of the top six favorite search topics in China were wealth-related: Three banks and “stock.” China Merchants Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and China Construction Bank, ranked second, third and sixth, all having listed in 2006 and proving a big draw for investors. Fourth on the list was “stock”, not unsurprising with Shanghai shares having risen 97 percent last year after more than doubling the previous year.

Google users’ passion for stocks was also reflected in another list, which ranked blogs that were most searched. The top two were written by securities analysts.

Besides, on the list of the 10 most googled sentences that start with “what is”, seven were about stocks, including such questions as “what is a blue chip” and “what is an open-end fund.”

In an information-driven age, the others on the list were: “QQ”, a Chinese instant message service and also an automobile brand, at No 1. The others were: “game” (5th), “Google Earth” (7th), download tool “Thunder” (8th), the Chinese anti-virus software “Kaspersky” (9th), and “MSN” (10th).

But when it comes to Chinese, food can’t be far behind. Foreigners might be voting with their chopsticks for Kung Pao Chicken, but the most googled dish was sweet-and-sour ribs, followed by fish-flavored shredded pork, home-style braised pork and braised eggplant.

And for unexplained reasons, the most googled English word was “wire mesh”, followed by “crystal”, “china”, “mushroom” and “ballast”. Among entertainment stars, Taiwan R&B star Jay Chou was No 1 followed by Chen Chusheng, the champion of the television contest Happy Boy last year. 

100000 Years of Sex exhibition opens in Germany March 1, 2008

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Erotic carvings and excavated Roman artefacts connected to sex will go on display on Saturday in Germany’s best-preserved ancient Roman city, Trier. The temporary exhibition, 100000 Years of Sex, comprises of 250 items, mainly archaeological.

They date back to the Stone Age and show how our ancestors experienced lust and procreation, said Mechthild Neyses-Eiden, deputy director of the museum.

Devised in the Netherlands and first mounted in 2003 in another museum, the exhibition is being supplemented at the Rhenish Museum in Trier with about 50 local Roman-period artefacts recovered by archaeologists.

Trier – called Treveris by the Romans – has several well-preserved buildings, such as a town gate, an arena and a church, from the time when it was a principal northern city of the late Roman empire.

The original exhibition includes primitive objects representing feminine charms, explicit pictures on Greek vases, a medieval chastity belt and an 1813 item described as the world’s oldest condom. The show, inaugurated with a party on Thursday evening, runs from Saturday till June 22. It will be repeated for the last time in the German city of Heilbronn in July 2009.

Neyses-Eiden said it was important to study past attitudes to sex in a neutral way. She said the show illustrated how different historical periods had differing attitudes. “Things we regard as normal now were regarded as revolting in medieval times,” she said. Referring to child sex, she noted that some things allowed among the Greeks were taboo or illegal nowadays.