Category Archives: Advertising

Taking stock of the Coalitions

  In December, 2011, Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes identified five areas where she wanted to see internet companies taking action to make the internet a better place for kids. In the name of self-regulation Kroes asked … Continue reading

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CHIS speaks out

  Just up on the Children’s Charities’ Coalition web site: their evidence to the Nominet Review and evidence to the DCMS Select Committee. 

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Piracy web sites – perils and profits

  The British Bankers Association published some interesting research last week about the extent to which children aged 11 or below were already involved in buying goods and services online.  Seemingly 58 percent of children bought something online or had something bought … Continue reading

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The murkier side of apps and ecommerce

  The Office of Fair Trading is the UK’s competition watchdog. This is how they describe their work The OFT’s mission is to make markets work well for consumers. Markets work well when businesses are in open, fair and vigorous … Continue reading

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Public WiFi and politics

  It is two weeks and a day since Mr Cameron disclosed to the Daily Telegraph that he wanted to ensure, where internet access was being made available via WiFi in public spaces, the WiFi provider would take steps to … Continue reading

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Research Agenda – Update 1

  Good to know my blogs can prompt responses. I have a few suggested additions to my list of unanswered questions or topics that need further examination or thought. Fraud This is tied up with aspects of eCommerce and payments … Continue reading

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My research agenda

  I expect we all have ideas buzzing around our heads about unanswered questions which, if we had the time and the money, we would like to see resolved. Below is my current list. Some are probably not research proposals … Continue reading

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Much ado about……what exactly?

  In a blog I wrote in March, 2011, I quoted Robert Madelin, the then newly appointed Director-General of DG Connect. Speaking about the role of self-regulation as a mechanism for making the internet a better place for children Madelin said … Continue reading

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The world goes mobile – but not in a good way

  December was a busy month at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington DC. But first let’s wind back to February, 2012, and a report the FTC published based on research carried out in 2011. Mobile Apps for Kids: … Continue reading

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More action on privacy. That was quick!

  Four days ago I published a blog in which I said we ought to think about mounting a large scale and sustained public campaign which would aim to inculcate more appropriate attitudes towards online privacy and instil some better … Continue reading

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