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:

Problems with consent

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote a wonderful sonnet which opens with this famous line “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” She then lists eight or nine. Here is the Oxford English Dictionary definition of “consent” Permission for … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Default settings, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Facebook, ethics and reconstruction

At the moment it feels as if wherever you turn you come across a mea culpa ad from Facebook telling us they are getting serious about returning to their original declared mission. Lots of bad stuff they discovered was happening … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Establishing new international norms

I felt hugely honoured when, a couple of years ago, the Council of  Europe invited me and two of my brilliant colleagues, Professor Sonia Livingstone of the LSE and Professor Eva Lievens of the University of Ghent,  to act as … Continue reading

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Draft submission to the NTIA

Below is the first draft of a letter I am working on for several children’s groups. It is in response to the US Government’s request for “comments and recommendations” on its international internet policies and priorities. If you think I … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

I am not getting over excited about this….

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is a key bit of the US Government.  It has just announced a review of  its “International Internet Policy Priorities” . It wants comments by 2nd July. The  terms of reference make clear … Continue reading

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

More news about ICANN and WHOIS

In  a recent blog I mentioned that, on behalf of the UK’s children’s organizations, I had written to the Chair of the Article 29 Working Group expressing concerns about the way the GDPR was being interpreted in respect of WHOIS data.  … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

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