Category Archives: Default settings

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

Posted in Consent, Default settings, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

Words Obama and Cameron will never say

Having listened carefully to representations that have been made to us by a wide range of free speech, civil liberties and commercial interests, as well as several national governments and international organizations, we are happy to announce today that we … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Google, Internet governance, Microsoft, 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

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

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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A ringing endorsement of the Internet Watch Foundation

In the early to mid-1990s the fledgling British internet industry consisted largely of a handful of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) trying to popularise and spread a magical American invention throughout our green and pleasant land. No one could have known It’s in … Continue reading

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A change of policy at Nominet

  Nominet is the Registry for .uk, the UK’s country code top-level domain (ccTLD). Nominet determines the rules which govern the kind of web site names people can create and use in association with .uk. Rules and the absence of rules Nominet has … Continue reading

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