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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Thursday's Connector of the Day: Taylor Swift

November 18th, 2009
05:04 PM ET

Taylor Swift has quickly made a name for herself. At 19 years old she has become one of the most successful recording artists of this decade in the United States.

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caption="Swift is now one of the world's bestselling country artists."]

Already having two number one albums on the Billboard charts, Swift has helped bring country music back into the mainstream.

Her album "Fearless" is certified quadruple platinum, and her 60-date tour of the U.S., UK and Australia sold out in one hour.

Last year she earned $18 million.

2009 saw Swift become the first country music artist ever to win an MTV Video Music Award.

While accepting the award for Best Female Song for “You Belong With Me” at this year’s awards ceremony, Swift was abruptly cut off during her acceptance speech by rapper Kanye West. Ripping the microphone out of her hands, he announced that singer Beyonce was more deserving of the award.

Swift and the majority of the audience were stunned in disbelief of what had unfolded. Despite the embarrassment, Swift has truly become fearless in the eyes of her critics. The incident became a sensation on the internet and in the weeks that followed, Swift’s popularity and album sales only increased.

All of this success, for a woman who only learned how to play the guitar on her computer as a little girl.

Now reportedly dating teen heartthrob Taylor Lautner, Swift is topping headlines in the entertainment news.

Can a button beat cyberbullies?

November 18th, 2009
04:22 PM ET

In this Internet age, the playground has gone digital; and with it, the bullies.

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Now a senior British police officer responsible for preventing online bullying claims the world's biggest social networking sites are failing to combat abuse.

Jim Gamble, head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) Center, said Facebook and MySpace, which between them have more than 500 million users, could work harder to stamp out bullying.

He wants the sites to follow the example of Bebo, which has adopted an initiative whereby children who fear they are at risk can press a panic button. This allows users to report online abuse, bullying and illegal activity.

But will the button really make a difference, or will it induce panic rather than preventing it?

And will it deter children from taking their problems to the adults in their life, thinking they can combat the problems alone?

We want to know if you think the initiative is a step in the right direction, and how you'd like to see social networking sites beat bullying online.

Post your comments below and we’ll include the best ones in tonight’s show.

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