Category Archives: Internet governance

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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Nudity on the net

  In most countries of the world there are legal controls governing the display and supply of pornographic images. Essentially publishers or distributors are subject to laws which seek to restrict access to adults. Quite severe penalties can be visited … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Internet governance, Pornography, 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

“Narcissim on a sociopathic scale”

  Some stories are very hard to read. Yesterday’s edition of The Guardian contained one such. Written by Christina Patterson it opens with a terrible tale about a young woman who was attacked with a knife as she left work. … 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

Posted in Default settings, Google, Internet governance, Microsoft, Regulation, Self-regulation

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

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Pornography, 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 3

  If Wikipedia is to be believed, in the entire history of commercial aviation there have been fewer than 90 known instances of individuals covertly taking a bomb on to a plane with the intention of blowing it up. 53 … Continue reading

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