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Families urged to come up with media plan to help protect minors

DUBLIN (CNS): Behavioural scientists and cyber-crime experts talked to families about how digital distraction, pornography and the “online echo chamber” impact their lives, during one of the first panel discussions at the international World Meeting of Families, held in Dublin Ireland, from August 21 to 26.
 
Pornography in particular has emerged as a threat to individual and family life, panelist, Thomas Lickona, said
 

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Internet control during national congress tightest yet

HONG KONG (SE): Complaints have emerged from Internet followers of current affairs in China, who say that National People’s Congress, which some refer to as the annual parliament, held in Beijing from March 5 to 15, was marked by stricter-than-usual controls.

Radio Free Asia quoted Guangzhou-based writer, Xu Lin, as saying that many of the more outspoken members of the popular chat network QQ had their accounts shut down at the beginning of March, with fresh accounts also deleted as soon as they were set up.

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Media censorship versus social media freedom

HONG KONG (SE): While there is a popular perception abroad that censorship in China is an across the board restriction placed on the whole population, Mu Chunsan points out in an article published in The Diplomat on September 14 that in fact, it is quite selective and tightly focussed.

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Mobile media a second reformation in the offing?

Hong Kong (SE): “With the explosive impact of the mobile media in the lives of the people during the last decade, Christianity in general is facing a second reformation,” Yam Chi-keung a professor of Religious Studies at Chung Chi College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said while addressing the Religious Broadcasting and Television Advisory Committee of RTHK 4 on May 3.

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Pope makes debut on Instagram

Vatican (SE): Pope Francis moved to boost his presence on social media by logging in to the Instagram photo-sharing service under the handle, @franciscus, on March 19. 

The prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, Monsignor Dario Vigano, made the announcement during a news conference presenting a new book on the pope.

The monsignor dubbed him the Apple pope because “there is a very complex system behind a simple interface.”

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Social media a help in China’s winter freeze

Hong Kong (UCAN): Catholic communities in China’s northeastern provinces have been using social media to reach out in the freezing and smoggy winter while still offering direct pastoral care to the elderly to fill the digital void.

In provinces such as Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning, the average temperature drops below zero degrees Celsius for four to six months a year. 

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Freedom of religion for a Church in chains

HONG KONG (SE): By its very nature cyberspace transcends borders, which makes drawing territorial demarcation lines designating control over content, access or usage an almost contradictory task.

However, the United States of America (US) holds most of the keys to the doors that can lock, monitor and block, as it possesses the 13 facilities that allocate IP address, which gives it a head start in the manipulation game.

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Pope urges less sensationalism and more respectful dialogue on social networks

 

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In his message for World Communications Day, released on January 24, Pope Benedict XVI says that Christians are called to bring truth and values to the whole world—online and off—remembering that it is ultimately the power of God’s word that touches hearts, not sheer human effort.

The theme for 2013 is, Social Networks: Portals of Truth and Faith; New Spaces for Evangelisation.

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