Category Archives: Child abuse images

Impotence in the face of complexity?

As a service to my readers at the end of this blog I reproduce the full text of s.230 of the Communications Decency Act, 1996 (CDA). All the bold and italics have been put there by me for emphasis. Count … Continue reading

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When the law fails

Is it possible to discuss the internet as if it was an experiment? Can we look at some or all of it or are we to believe that, for example, when the Communications Decency Act 1996 (CDA) was passed by … Continue reading

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No need to feel powerless

When people ask me what I do I often say I see my role as convincing others there are things that can be done to make the internet a safer and better place. We need to learn from each other, pay … Continue reading

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Definitions of pornography to be debated

On Monday Baroness Howe published details of her latest legislative assault in defence of children. It takes the form of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (Amendment)(Definition of Extreme Pornography) Bill and is accompanied by a rather full explanatory note in … Continue reading

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A very disturbing message from Oz

José Mourinho (Manchester United) once described rival manager Arsène Wenger (Arsenal) as a “specialist in failure”. I think we should start referring to Facebook as a “specialist in apologising”. Seriously. Is there anyone out there who has recorded the number … Continue reading

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Election 2017 – a Digital Manifesto

Age verification for pornography sites was a key measure advocated in the Digital Manifesto published by the UK children’s charities ahead of the 2015 General Election. Earlier this week that proposal was adopted in the Digital Economy Act, 2017. This shows … Continue reading

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Ring the bells!

At  3.15.p.m. today the Digital Economy Bill 2016-2017  completed the penultimate formal stages of the Parliamentary processes. The House of Lords agreed to all of the amendments to its amendments that had been made when the Bill went back to … Continue reading

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