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:

Bravo Tumblr

Well done Tumblr for  deciding to ban porn from its site. There can be no justification for a platform that specifies 13 as its entry age also publishing content expressly designed for adults. Twitter next?  

Posted in Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

A global protest

I have just  released the text of a letter I wrote on Friday to the President of the European Union, Mr Juncker, to Vice President Ansip, Commissioner Gabriel, the Austrian Presidency and Signor Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor. The … Continue reading

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

Sexual Extortion and Nonconsensual Pornography

Carrying on a tradition of high quality and original research the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children has just released a report containing a chilling set of insights into the horrors that can overtake children and young people who … Continue reading

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

Down Under goes Up Front

The Australian e-Safety Commissoner, Julie Inman Grant, was in London yesterday for a press conference to mark the publication of  a report by  the Technical Working Group of the Child Dignity Alliance. The report addressed  the proliferation of online child sexual … Continue reading

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

Read this and weep

Hot news: on Thursday evening in Brussels officials working on the draft ePrivacy Regulation agreed they were at an impasse. They cannot reach a consensus on the text so the matter has been referred “upstairs” to see if the outstanding … Continue reading

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

Think again Signor Buttarelli and friends

Most people with an interest in the field will now know the Article 29 Working Party no longer exists. It has been replaced by the European Data Protection Supervisory Board (EDPB). The EDPB is an independent body made up of … Continue reading

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

Facebook and the power of technology to do good

If you read the blog I posted yesterday you will see that the European Union is discussing how to make it harder for companies to engage proactively in removing child sex abuse materials from their platforms. Today Facebook shows us … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized