Japan is among the top 10 countries for effectively tackling the worldwide problem of child sexual abuse but can still do more, according to a groundbreaking report released earlier this week. The Economist Intelligence Unit measured how 40 countries prevent and react to sexual violence and exploitation of children, under its first-ever research program on the subject. Examples of sexual exploitation given in the report include prostitution and trafficking. The study, titled "Out of the shadows: Shining light on the response to child sexual abuse and exploitation," measured the sociopolitical environment, legal framework, government response and engagement of civil society and industry in each of the countries. The EIU gave Japan an overall score of 63.8, placing it 10th and barely within the first quartile of the countries surveyed.
This is a book of many levels and many emotions. Superficially it is a far-future science fiction book where societies have been engineered by some planet-spanning intelligence to create stable and sustainable places for humans to live. Under this runs a strong current of philosophy and meta physics about exactly what this means for the individuals involved - and the news isn't good. The plot follows Leonardo Khalid, a genetically engineered genius who has dedicated his life to improving life for mankind. However when he is taken critically ill he agrees to undergo a procedure to scan and record is brain.
It's been less than a day since the New York Times published a brutal report about the state of affairs at Facebook, including a deep look at the company's failure to properly identify and deal with fake news and Russian interference. The company already issued a lengthy response to the claims, and today Facebook is publishing its biannual transparency report, covering the first half of 2018. Facebook says the report covers "information about government requests for user data we've received; reports on where access to Facebook products and services was disrupted; the number of content restrictions based on local law; and reports of counterfeit, copyright, and trademark infringement." As part of its transparency report, Facebook is also publishing its latest Community Standards Enforcement Report. In it, the company highlights its efforts in removing content that violates Facebook guidelines, including "adult nudity and sexual activity, fake accounts, hate speech, spam, terrorist propaganda, and violence and graphic content," as well as two new categories: bullying and harassment, and child nudity and sexual exploitation of children.