Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
For those of you who caught the inaugural show, I hope you'll agree we had a successful launch Sunday for Connect the World with Becky Anderson from Abu Dhabi. For those of you who didn't, can I suggest setting a digital diary "alert" weekdays at 7p local!
Onwards. . . With the first show in the bag, I'm mindful that the editorial narrative for our MidEast prime-time show must continue to provide this region with the best of the international news agenda – using CNN's incredible asset base of reporters around the world – with a focus, as news befits, on the stories that resonate here – in all their glory.
To that end, your input as viewers of the show and as consumers of the incredibly successful cnn.com/Arabic is absolutely crucial. You are part of "our" Global Conversation and I appeal to you ALL to get involved via the cnn.com site, on Twitter, on Instagram and on Facebook as we build our rundowns to reflect the news, views and opinion across the region.
And just so that you know: having been born and brought up with the vagaries of the British weather, I'm still getting used to waking up to blue skies and genuine smiles in the UAE! Believe me, this is ONE challenge that aim getting used to incredibly quickly!!
Social networks can keep you up to date on your friends' every move – where they are, what they're eating, and what games they're playing.
If you find it all a bit overwhelming and prefer to maintain a low profile, a new app called Cloak aims to do the opposite. It's more like an anti-social network – designed to help you avoid friends, colleagues or exes, using data from Instagram and Foursquare.
Putting it to the test, CNN's Tech Correspondent Samuel Burke took to the streets of London, to discover how effectively Cloak could help him disappear.
Text: New app helps you avoid your friends, exes
He's famed for his 'licence to kill', rather than his 'licence to drive', but Britain's most famous spy has driven an incredible assortment of cars.
Becky visited the London Film Museum's 'Bond in Motion', the largest exhibition of James Bond vehicles, gadgets and gizmos to date.
From Alfa Romeos to Aston Martins, these vehicles have survived through some trying times. Even though special effects have improved over Bond's lifespan, the scenes in the modern films are no less dangerous. Vic Armstrong – former Bond stuntman and stunt coordinator – told Becky that there's no "under-cranking" in the films: everything happens at the speed you see it at.
Becky also spoke to Michael G. Wilson, producer and screenwriter, who says he knows what fans of the franchise really care about. "I think people, when they ask what the next film is they say 'who's the girl and what car does Bond drive?"
29 people have been arrested for paying to watch children as young as six years old being abused on live webcam. These arrests are part of a global effort named 'Operation Endeavour', designed to break a paedophile ring operating out of the Philippines.
Many experts say that easy access to videos and images of sexually abused children are one of the main factors driving the rise of child exploitation. In 1990 in the UK the estimated number of indecent images of children in the country stood at 7,000. By 1999 that had reached 41,000. Today, that number is in the millions. In one case the police confiscated 4 million images from a single offender.
Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, spoke to Jonathan Mann on Connect the World about how the movement online has increased the levels of child abuse.
"A number of years ago they'd have travelled to Cambodia or Laos or the Philippines. Now they can travel to those countries where children are vulnerable because of the deprivations that they face, and their parents are desperate, to access them via webcam from what they perceive as the safety of their own home.
Gamble also praised the work of the UK police force, who kicked off this investigation. "Professional detectors will say 'always clear the ground beneath your feet'. This case came to pass because Northamptonshire Police, a small police force in the UK, did their job properly around defender management. They visited the home of a guy they knew was on the sex offenders register, they checked his laptop. So they were able to come in from that end and work through and see who he'd been talking to and what videos he had accessed, because he was copying them and sharing them. So they then took that to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the UK, who coordinated the global response."
He also emphasized that more priority needs to be placed on protecting children. "We've got to turn the tables on these predators so that they fear going online. We need more undercover activity taking place from our international law enforcement partners."
"In a world where law enforcement activity is prioritized on the basis of terrorism, of drugs, and organized criminal activity, we've got to bring the child to the top of that pile. We've got to see the right type of concerted effort, so that similar to the war we fight on terrorism we need to fight this war against child abuse, and we can only do that if we are ruthless and sustained in our approach to ridding the world of these individuals who sit in the comfort of their dirty back rooms, reaching out and harming children and then sharing the abuse with other likeminded individuals."
Text: Investigation busts online sex abuse ring targeting children in Philippines
Video: 29 arrested in child porn investigation
Parents are furious at an app that allows children to perform plastic surgery on virtual character. Samuel Burke explains.
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