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:

ICANN – signs of institutional bias. What a huge non-shock!

A distant friend worked out I have an interest in ICANN (how did that happen?). She sent me a link to an examination of the backgrounds of people who actively participate in its affairs. Called  “ICANN Diversity Analysis”  it shows … Continue reading

Posted in ICANN, Internet governance, Self-regulation

Great news from Latin America

I recently wrote a couple of blogs where I named five top level domains the IWF had found contained the lion’s share of all csam reported to or found by them in 2018. It included three Country Code Top Level … Continue reading

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

US$ 80 trillion

I imagine the heading for this blog caught your attention. 80 trillion is not a number you hear or see very often. 80 trillion dollars is a mind bogglingly large sum. It was uttered in a meeting room in Parliament … Continue reading

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

A postscript about Top Level Domains

In a previous blog I reported that in 2018 the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) identified and took action against 105,047 urls containing child sex abuse material. That was an increase on the previous year where they identified 78,589. Of the … Continue reading

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

Things are not getting better

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) recently published their Annual Report for 2018. There is a lot in there but here I want to focus on one small part of it. I  have written about this particular topic a lot so … Continue reading

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

The only show in town

Recently I took part in a couple of events attended by high level professional child welfare and child development experts from across Europe, EU and non-EU. A great crowd. I thought I spotted someone at the second event whom I … Continue reading

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

A warning about dating Apps

Apple and Google have removed three dating Apps from their App Stores following a warning from the Federal Trade Commission about COPPA breaches. The FTC warns about the dangers of adults contacting children (I imagine that’s in the specific context … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation