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: http://johncarrcv.blogspot.com

News on the e-Privacy Regulation

On 30th November, 2018 I wrote to Vice President Ansip of the European Union  on behalf of over fifty NGOs from all parts of the world, including from 26 of the 28 Member States of the EU. The letter addressed major … Continue reading

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

Blinded by the light

I removed the Open Rights Group (ORG) from my Christmas card list because of its disgraceful behaviour over those parts of the Digital Economy Act 2017 which establish a new regime for reducing the exposure of children to material published … Continue reading

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

Age Verification regulations clear their final hurdle

The House of Commons tonight agreed the final regulations necessary to introduce age verification on commercial pornography web sites. Yippee!! All we need now is notice of the commencement date. Expected to be 3 months from today or thereabouts. Then … Continue reading

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More about the power of PhotoDNA and similar tools

Twitter report that in the first 6 months of 2018 they suspended nearly half a million accounts for violations relating to child sexual exploitation. 97% of those accounts were proactively flagged using PhotoDNA and similar tools. In Dublin on Friday … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

More progress on tackling child sex abuse material

Things may be going crazy in Brussels but in Alexandria, Virginia, excellence and calm sanity remain the norm. The International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) has just released the 9th edition of the always eagerly awaited Model Legislation and Global … Continue reading

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

Mr Ansip’s Terms and Conditions

Is this what Mr Ansip has in mind for all companies’ Ts& Cs in the future? “Please feel free to distribute illegal content using our facilities. We won’t do anything to try to detect it or stop you. Knock yourself … Continue reading

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

News from the front

Yesterday Ministers from the 28 Member States met to consider progress on the new e-Privacy Regulation. They could still not agree a final text so the matter remains unresolved. I have only been able to listen to those Ministers who … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation