Category Archives: E-commerce

UK children’s groups responses to the Online Harms White Paper now available

The detailed responses to the UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper by UK children’s organizations is now available plus a summary of the recommendations: http://www.chis.org.uk/ In the larger document there are several examples or case studies which illustrate very clearly … Continue reading

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

A child’s right to human dignity and privacy

Companies that deploy tools such as PhotoDNA to detect, delete and report child sex abuse material deserve a round of applause, but I am not sure how intense or prolonged the applause should be. We live in a strange world … Continue reading

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

Ethical investors beginning to exert themselves

Verizon Faces First-Ever Shareholder Proposal On Child Sex Abuse Online We need a lot more of this.

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

Action on the internet of things

UK announces plans to act on the internet of things.  This will be tricky but it’s another key part of the mosaic. More and more toys  and other items that children use are “internet things”. Watch this space    

Posted in E-commerce, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Online Harms White Paper – the obvious problem

Some time ago I read a discussion of strategies online businesses might adopt to try to avoid the clutches of potential or actual Regulators. Without embarrassment or apology it was suggested companies deliberately bundle and entangle lots of things.  Why? … Continue reading

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

The Not Scientist and others

On Tuesday the UK Government finally announced the trigger date (15th July) for those parts of the Digital Economy Act, 2017 which require commercial pornography sites to ensure persons under the age of 18 are not able to view their … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Default settings, E-commerce, 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