Category Archives: Google

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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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

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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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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

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Online child safety – big things happening

  Here in the UK it has been a busy week and a good week for child safety on the internet. Later today the Prime Minister is holding an industry summit in Downing Street to review progress on the calls … Continue reading

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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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A collective failure of leadership

  We are just coming out the other side of a major media feeding frenzy. There has been nothing like it since the arrest of Pete Townsend. If Parliament had been sitting and key Ministers had been in town I … Continue reading

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The murkier side of apps and ecommerce

  The Office of Fair Trading is the UK’s competition watchdog. This is how they describe their work The OFT’s mission is to make markets work well for consumers. Markets work well when businesses are in open, fair and vigorous … 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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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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