Category Archives: Privacy

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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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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Parents, kids and internet filters

  Ofcom recently published another blockbuster.  Internet safety measures – strategies of parental protection for children online is stuffed with useful information almost all of which failed to grab the attention of the mass media. Sometimes where it did it was misrepresented. … 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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Some Post-Snowden Thoughts 2

  I am not the first person to have said this but when the history of the internet comes to be written it will be divided into pre-Snowden and post-Snowden. To put that slightly differently, it will be divided between … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Snowden

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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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

Posted in Apple, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Google, ICANN, Internet governance, Microsoft, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Snowden

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

Posted in Age verification, BlackBerry, Consent, Default settings, Internet governance, Mobile phones, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

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

Posted in Default settings, Internet governance, Location, Mobile phones, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation