Author Archives: John Carr

About John Carr

John Carr is one of the world's leading authorities on children's and young people's use of digital technologies. He is Senior Technical Adviser to Bangkok-based global NGO ECPAT International, Technical Adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online, which is administered by Save the Children Italy and an Advisory Council Member of Beyond Borders (Canada). Amongst other things John is or has been an Adviser to the United Nations, ITU, the European Union, the Council of Europe and European Union Agency for Network and Information Security and is a former Board Member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. He is 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:

A postscript about Top Level Domains

In a previous blog I reported that in 2018 the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) identified and took action against 105,047 urls containing child sex abuse material. That was an increase on the previous year where they identified 78,589. Of the … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Things are not getting better

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) recently published their Annual Report for 2018. There is a lot in there but here I want to focus on one small part of it. I  have written about this particular topic a lot so … Continue reading

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

The only show in town

Recently I took part in a couple of events attended by high level professional child welfare and child development experts from across Europe, EU and non-EU. A great crowd. I thought I spotted someone at the second event whom I … Continue reading

Posted in Consent, Default settings, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

A warning about dating Apps

Apple and Google have removed three dating Apps from their App Stores following a warning from the Federal Trade Commission about COPPA breaches. The FTC warns about the dangers of adults contacting children (I imagine that’s in the specific context … Continue reading

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

Establishing a new narrative

The internet began its life as a small taxpayer funded “adults-only” environment. There was a high level of trust and mutuality of interest among the early pioneers. In a famous Ted Talk, Danny Hillis brandishes a book published in 1982. … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation

Ethical investors beginning to exert themselves

Verizon Faces First-Ever Shareholder Proposal On Child Sex Abuse Online We need a lot more of this.

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

Action on the internet of things

UK announces plans to act on the internet of things.  This will be tricky but it’s another key part of the mosaic. More and more toys  and other items that children use are “internet things”. Watch this space    

Posted in E-commerce, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation