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:

A new internet safety strategy for the UK?

Earlier today the Government’s consultation on a new internet safety strategy for the UK finally came to a close. Following the usual internal consultative processes, the children’s organizations in membership of the Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS), of … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Questions about the GDPR

Thanks to a series of guidance notes that have been issued by the Article 29 Working Party we now know a lot more about the way several parts of the GDPR are likely to work when they come into force … Continue reading

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

Unequal weight of arms

Just as every child attending school in England learns about the fateful year of 1066 – the last time England was successfully invaded by a foreign power  – so Chinese youngsters learn about the “unequal treaties“. In essence,  in the … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Regulation, Self-regulation

A comment from Facebook

I got an email underlining that the author of the piece I blogged about  earlier today ceased to work for Facebook a long time ago.  I also received a link that isn’t displaying properly on my machine so I reproduce … Continue reading

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

A former Facebook employee speaks

This article by an ex Facebook employee is definitely worth a read. The headline says it all. Who knew? Hitherto every discussion about what to do to promote children’s rights online or make the internet better and safer for children … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Legislation in the USA

Regular readers will be aware of the twists and turns of the debate surrounding the future of s. 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 1996. That is the thoroughly ill-fitting name for a law which has protected companies like Backpage … Continue reading

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

Silicon Valley on the rack

This morning the Today programme carried a big piece about Twitter, Google and Facebook being up in front of a US Congressional Committee to explain how it was, during the last Presidential election, their platforms seem to have been exploited … Continue reading

Posted in Regulation, Self-regulation