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

The Green Paper and other things

I have now read all of the Green Paper more thoroughly and there is no doubt in my mind, in terms of its scope and much of its language, it is extremely good.  Of course, at its heart, is the … Continue reading

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

One more visit to the Last Chance Saloon

Today saw the launch of the long-awaited Green Paper (consultative document)  setting out the UK Government’s thinking on what a new internet safety strategy might look like. Containing almost 60 pages of densely written text, it pretty much covers the … Continue reading

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

The Holy Father takes a stand

I have had several comments, ranging from the wry,  sarcastic, through astonished, to utterly disbelieving or critical about my having attended a conference organized by the Catholic Church to discuss child abuse. In Rome of all places! At a time when … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Regulation, Self-regulation

We needed a shout. We got a whimper

Last week the Commission of the European Union issued a press release with a headline which is a little at odds with the contents. Here it is Commission steps up efforts to tackle illegal content online. In fact the press release only speaks … Continue reading

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Watch out Canada and Mexico! Watch out world!!

Regular readers will be aware of what has been going on with the Backpage saga in the USA. It’s all about the way s.230 of the ironically-named Communications Decency Act, 1996, appeared to be providing a shield for companies like Backpage to facilitate … Continue reading

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

Not a fulsome endorsement but….

You know the argument is more or less over when The Economist agrees with you.  Or at any rate, mostly agrees with you. In this week’s edition, the following words appeared in their leader. If the internet and some of the … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Stuck in a time warp

Yesterday in the US Senate the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on a proposed amendment to s. 230 of the ironically named Communications Decency Act (CDA) – the shield behind which Backpage indecently hid for years. I will … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized