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

Impotence in the face of complexity?

As a service to my readers at the end of this blog I reproduce the full text of s.230 of the Communications Decency Act, 1996 (CDA). All the bold and italics have been put there by me for emphasis. Count … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Internet governance, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Begging a question

Amazing statistics emerged last week courtesy of a body called WARC which presents itself as Your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness. WARC was publicising a study carried out by Verto Analytics according to which, between them, Google and Facebook account for 25% of … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Microsoft, Regulation, Self-regulation

More on moderation – and car number plates

Turns out there is already a legal action underway concerning the position of moderators. It is being brought against Microsoft by two ex-employees. It will be interesting to see how the case pans out. Microsoft has almost always been a leader … Continue reading

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

Internet of toys – the impact on children of a connected environment

See the latest edition of the Cyber Policy Journal and an article entitled:  ” The Internet of Toys – the impact on children of a connected environment.” It’s an interview with me.

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

A follow up on moderation

Strange coincidence. Following on from my post about moderation which went up yesterday morning I learned that in the afternoon BBC Radio 4 also ran a piece on the same subject. It was on The Media Show. Sarah Roberts – whom … Continue reading

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

The price other people pay

I have just finished reading  The Secret Rule of the Internet. It is an extremely interesting and insightful account of the realities of how moderation works in practice within large social media companies. It is rather long but that appears to reflect the considerable … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Looks like 13 for the UK

Yesterday the British government announced its intention to bring a Bill to Parliament to enact the provisions of the GDPR, thereby embedding them in UK law. Brexit? What Brexit? The story led the news throughout the day. There is no … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized