Category Archives: E-commerce

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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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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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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Mr Snowden’s legacy

  Without getting into the rights and wrongs of Edward Snowden’s actions or indeed the actions of the NSA and GCHQ in relation to mass online surveillance, the fallout has been most instructive for those of us who occupy the … Continue reading

Posted in Apple, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Google, ICANN, Internet governance, Microsoft, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Snowden

ICANN ignores stakeholders

  As some of you will know I am an Adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online (eNACSO). eNACSO has been trying to engage with ICANN on a number of issues connected with the creation of new … Continue reading

Posted in E-commerce, ICANN, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

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. 

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

Tesco drop a clanger

  In a landmark speech at the NSPCC’s offices on 22nd July, referring to his expectations of the UK’s ISPs, David Cameron said the following By the end of this year…..the settings to install family friendly filters will be automatically … Continue reading

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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 future of Nominet

  Every sovereign state has a national domain namespace on the internet. They are more properly called country code top-level domains or ccTLDs for short. ccTLDs are all two letters long and they appear to the right of the last dot … Continue reading

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