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:

UK children’s groups responses to the Online Harms White Paper now available

The detailed responses to the UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper by UK children’s organizations is now available plus a summary of the recommendations: In the larger document there are several examples or case studies which illustrate very clearly … Continue reading

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

A few choice quotes

The Sunday Times is behind a pay wall so many of you might miss an article with  some great quotes from Tristan Harris of the Center for Humane Technology, ex of Google. As a service to my readers, here are … Continue reading

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

A child’s right to human dignity and privacy

Companies that deploy tools such as PhotoDNA to detect, delete and report child sex abuse material deserve a round of applause, but I am not sure how intense or prolonged the applause should be. We live in a strange world … Continue reading

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

A further note on encryption

In my earlier blog on the subject of encryption I referred to a statement made by Mark Zuckerberg about his intention to make Messenger and Instagram encrypted services. WhatsApp already is. Just in case some of you missed the significance … Continue reading

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

A thought experiment

Imagine you were alive at the time Noah was building the Ark. You had a video camera. However, the special thing about this camera is it can only see giraffes. You sit (high up) on the side of a nearby … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images

About encryption

Not long ago Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook was going to “pivot to privacy”.  Apparently the company will apply this idea to WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram (but not the Facebook platform itself). This announcement caused all kinds of fluttering in the dovecotes. … Continue reading

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Serious money

Interesting story today. Seems the  UK gambling industry is willing to pay a levy which would generate £100 million pounds to tackle problem gambling. At the moment they contribute 0.1% of their profits (not turnover) to this kind of work. … Continue reading

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