Category Archives: Age verification

6 year olds, hard core pornography and credit card companies

  The word “pornography” has become an obstacle to understanding. To many people, perhaps particularly slightly older individuals who are not regular internet users, it conjures up memories of Playboy centrefolds and Health & Efficiency magazine. A bit of fun. Never did me … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

Taking age verification seriously – not

  Outside of the family, with few exceptions, children tend to mix with other children of roughly the same age. They do so within environments which, similarly, are likely to consist principally of their peers.  The adult world is not … Continue reading

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Nudity on the net

  In most countries of the world there are legal controls governing the display and supply of pornographic images. Essentially publishers or distributors are subject to laws which seek to restrict access to adults. Quite severe penalties can be visited … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Location, Microsoft, Mobile phones, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Will the “closed loop” work?

  In the UK if a customer wants to get the adult content filter lifted from his or her mobile phone they have to go through an age verification process to prove they are over 18. It’s simple, it’s fast … Continue reading

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Filters in the UK

  No one I know argues filters are a silver bullet that solves all of the problems modern parents have to think about when trying to decide what to do for the best with regards to their children’s online lives. … Continue reading

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Parents, kids and internet filters

  Ofcom recently published another blockbuster.  Internet safety measures – strategies of parental protection for children online is stuffed with useful information almost all of which failed to grab the attention of the mass media. Sometimes where it did it was misrepresented. … Continue reading

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Porn on games consoles : astonishing stats

  Pornhub is the world’s largest hard-core adult pornography site.  Access to it is free and unrestricted.  They recently published a blog describing how their site fared in 2013. They are very pleased with themselves. First they want us to know … Continue reading

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Some Post-Snowden Thoughts 1

  First of all let’s assume none of the companies that own or supply large parts of the internet’s infrastructure, that manufacture internet-enabled devices or provide online services, voluntarily co-operated with any nation’s security services to facilitate the large scale surveillance … Continue reading

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Ignorance, bliss, folly – Part 2

  My last blog addressed Tim Worstall’s Forbes.com piece in which he completely misrepresented what is happening in the UK in relation to the use of filters by ISPs. I found another example, this time on boing boing, written by no less … Continue reading

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