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 a appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. More: http://johncarrcv.blogspot.com

The GDPR – still huge uncertainties

Courtesy of European Schoolnet, Ghent University and KU Leuven,   a great many leading experts from the privacy world and the children’s world gathered last Friday in Brussels for the first open and serious EU-wide discussion on the implications of … Continue reading

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

The Queen’s Speech

As most readers will know, following a General Election and then usually annually until the next General Election the British Parliamentary year begins with the “Queen’s Speech”. Her Majesty sits on the throne in the House of Lords and reads … Continue reading

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

A trusted internet?

A joint blog from John Carr and Dr. Mike Short The dominant technology The Internet has become the dominant technology of the 21st century. There are now over 3 billion users worldwide and a vast array of services. The huge expansion … Continue reading

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

Looking for a new name

I have just read the draft budget produced by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, otherwise known as ICANN.  The new draft relates to 2018.  Assuming it is approved what it shows (page 11) is that in 2018 … Continue reading

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

Uncertain times ahead

This blog is really a continuation of my last one but written in the wake of the terrible events in Manchester and the further revelations about the scale and nature of the terrorist material made available through various online networks. … Continue reading

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

The Facebook files

There are astonishing and detailed  revelations in today’s Guardian about the scale of abuse on the Facebook platform.  They are based on a major leak from someone who was obviously once on the inside track – and maybe still is. Seemingly … Continue reading

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

GDPR – Chapter 724

The UK’s children’s organizations have submitted a detailed note to our data protection authority – the Office of the Information Commissioner.  I won’t try to summarise it here. You can download it from the CHIS website. If you have any … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Regulation, Self-regulation