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:

The net tightens

On 2nd September the Financial Times reported on a remarkable letter which had appeared that day in the Sunday Telegraph. Because it is behind a paywall, I reproduce the text of the epistle here: SIR – The Government launched its Green … Continue reading

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

Another big step forward – well done Google

Today Google are announcing the release  of a new tool which they are making available at no cost to relevant NGOs and industry partners. Here’s the problem it is addressing. Microsoft’s Photo DNA is brilliant. It works at scale to find … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Google, Internet governance, Microsoft, Regulation, Self-regulation | 1 Comment

Rule of the oligarchs?

Where does ICANN’s money come from? It is easy to find their annual accounts  and estimates.  These give the big numbers.  Finding out which individual companies or organizations are behind the numbers is harder,  although admittedly not much harder if … Continue reading

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

A review of the obscenity laws

The Crown Prosecution Service has announced a review of the guidance it issues to prosecutors concerning obscene materials.  It closes on 17th October. This could be a great opportunity to correct a number of anomalies which have arisen since, and been … Continue reading

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

The dangers of digital piracy

With the school holidays upon us, here is a great report from Internet Matters on the dangers of digital piracy. This is not just about your children getting used to the idea that it is OK to rip off other … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, E-commerce, Regulation, Self-regulation

Final version of the letter to the NTIA

The  UK children’s charities sent this in to the NTIA on 17th July, 2018. Dear NTIA, Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments on the future of the US Government’s international internet policy priorities. One in three human internet users is … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Pornography, Self-regulation

Problems with consent

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote a wonderful sonnet which opens with this famous line “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” She then lists eight or nine. Here is the Oxford English Dictionary definition of “consent” Permission for … Continue reading

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