Category Archives: Mobile phones

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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Filters in the UK

  No one I know argues filters are a silver bullet that solves all of the problems modern parents have to think about when trying to decide what to do for the best with regards to their children’s online lives. … 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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Ignorance, bliss, folly – Part 2

  My last blog addressed Tim Worstall’s Forbes.com piece in which he completely misrepresented what is happening in the UK in relation to the use of filters by ISPs. I found another example, this time on boing boing, written by no less … Continue reading

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A very British fudge

  Last Friday in the House of Lords Baroness Howe brought forward a Private Member’s Bill. Inter alia, the Bill would make it a legal requirement for all mobile phone companies to install adult content filters. These would have to be … 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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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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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. 

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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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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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