Category Archives: Consent

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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Sexual offences against children on the internet

  In my last but one blog I discussed some research published by Pew. It showed that a surprisingly high proportion of internet users in the USA thought the internet had been a bad thing for society as a whole. … Continue reading

Posted in CEOP, Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, Regulation, Self-regulation

The Internet at 25

  25 years ago in Switzerland Tim Berners-Lee developed the basis of what we now know as the worldwide web.  With the arrival of this technology the internet would soon cease to be the exclusive preserve of academia, geeks and big business. … 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

Too much pressure

  Young Minds is a great charity that addresses issues affecting teenagers’ and young people’s mental health. They touch all the bases: bullying, stress and anxiety, self-harm and issues within the youth justice and criminal justice system. Seemingly there are … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Default settings, Regulation, Self-regulation

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

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Default settings, Facebook, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Snowden

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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If ignorance is bliss it is folly to be wise

  I was sent a link to a story on the Forbes web site. Ostensibly it was about recent developments in respect of the use of online content filters in the UK. Except it wasn’t. The guy who wrote the … Continue reading

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