Category Archives: Facebook

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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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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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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Britain is punching above its weight in the global porn stakes

  If Wikipedia is to be believed Britain is the 9th most connected country in the world in terms of the number of internet users, or 14th if measured as a percentage of the total population who go online. However, thanks to some excellent analytical … 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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Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board

  The Facebook narrative in the online child protection space seeks to position the company somewhere in the vicinity of Mother Theresa, Gandhi and a very large but cool cuddly teddy bear.  Soft, virtuous and hip. Unless Facebook starts paying … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Non-Disclosure Agreements – enforced silence?

  Over the years I have worked for many different high tech companies. As I recall in each case under the contractual agreement I entered into there was either an implied or, more often, an express term requiring me to … Continue reading

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COPPA – probably not the last word

  The COPPA Rule is an online child protection measure. It was adopted and became Federal law in the USA under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, 1998. The Rule came into effect in 2000. It governs key data collection and advertising practices … Continue reading

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The devil is in the detail

  Last Saturday the Daily Mail carried a detailed account of the Prime Minister’s views on how online child safety in the UK should move forward. I checked and can confirm that in all of its essentials the story was … Continue reading

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No more low hanging fruit

  I have been reflecting on the achievements of the UK’s framework for making the internet a better and safer place for children and young people. We have an impressive record. Yet I was struck by a quite dramatic but … Continue reading

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