Author Archives: John Carr

About John Carr

John Carr is a member of the Executive Board of the UK Council on Child Internet Safety, the British Government's principal advisory body for online safety and security for children and young people. In the summer of 2013 he was appointed as an adviser to Bangkok-based ECPAT International. Amongst other things John is or has been a Senior Expert Adviser to the United Nations, ITU, the European Union, a member of the Executive Board of the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online, Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety. John has advised many of the world's largest internet companies on online child safety. In June, 2012, John was appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. More: http://johncarrcv.blogspot.com

Time is up

In yesterday’s blog I suggested that by responding in the way it did to the arrival of the GDPR, ICANN, in effect, pressed the self-destruct button. ICANN is now set on a path which will eventually lead to its abolition … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Article 29, WHOIS and ICANN contd.

Join ICANN and see the world. Last Thursday in Vancouver the ICANN Board gave its response to Article 29’s and the Government Advisory Committee’s  representations about the GDPR, which comes into effect in less than one week. In essence ICANN … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Article 29, WHOIS and ICANN

In less than ten days time, on 25th May, the GDPR becomes law in every EU jurisdiction.  Officially, the GDPR began its journey towards this state of grace in 2012,  when the European Commission published its draft proposal, although to … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Location, Privacy, Regulation

Cherie Blair speaks out

In the pantheon of bad actors in the internet space there are two distinct classes. There are the criminals and fraudsters themselves.  Clearly they bear the greatest part of the burden of guilt for the harm their actions cause. However, … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

ECPAT USA steps up

I have written before about the negotiations currently taking place around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). One of the clauses being proposed for inclusion by the US Administration would require Canada and Mexico to adopt a law which … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, E-commerce, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

The internet: to regulate or not?

The UK’s House of Lords is holding  an inquiry into whether or not the internet should be regulated.  The Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety submitted evidence. Here is a link to the House of Lords web site where the … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance

Article 29 and children

In the UK our Data Protection Authority (DPA) – the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – has shown a real and sustained interest in how the new data privacy regime – the GDPR -is likely to impact children.  ICO officials attended … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Facebook, Google, Location, Regulation, Self-regulation