Category Archives: Location

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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The law needs to change

  There are (at least) two aspects to everything we do when we make a phone call, send an email, post something online or visit a web site. One is what we say or the action we take. That is … 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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Big Brother in your pocket

  The American Association for the Advancement of Science met in Boston last week to survey and discuss, erm, the advancement of science. Lots of interesting stuff going on with the boys and girls in white coats. One particular piece … Continue reading

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Research Agenda – Update 1

  Good to know my blogs can prompt responses. I have a few suggested additions to my list of unanswered questions or topics that need further examination or thought. Fraud This is tied up with aspects of eCommerce and payments … Continue reading

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My research agenda

  I expect we all have ideas buzzing around our heads about unanswered questions which, if we had the time and the money, we would like to see resolved. Below is my current list. Some are probably not research proposals … 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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The world goes mobile – but not in a good way

  December was a busy month at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington DC. But first let’s wind back to February, 2012, and a report the FTC published based on research carried out in 2011. Mobile Apps for Kids: … Continue reading

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Big can be beautiful

  It is possible for us to prove things about ourselves in ways which put those facts and our relationship to them beyond all reasonable doubt. We can say they are true with an exceptionally high level of certainty. Technology … 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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