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:

Draft comment on the UNCRC is being prepared

Sonia Livingstone and others are preparing a draft comment on the UNCRC This is important. I hope lots of people will respond.  

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

An interesting case and UKCCIS gets a mention

This morning I read the judgement in the case of A, a young adult male who had a range of learning and other difficulties.  His local authority was very involved in making arrangements for A’s care and it had come … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Facebook, Internet governance, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

A bulletin from California

The UK’s Secretary of State responsible for internet policy, Jeremy Wright MP, is in California this week meeting various high tech companies ahead of a soon-to-be-released White Paper which will shape Britain’s future policy on a range of internet harms … Continue reading

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

Another update on the e-Privacy Regulation

A lot has been happening on the e-Privacy Regulation. Mostly it has been good news so I have not been issuing further  clarion calls for more lobbying. I hope I have not been naïve but I think our joint work … Continue reading

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

Facebook under siege

I am not afraid to express my views in crisp and forthright terms but never in a million years could I have imagined opening a blog with the following headline and words Tough new powers needed to curb Facebook’s  “digital … Continue reading

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

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