Category Archives: Facebook

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

The net tightens

On 2nd September the Financial Times reported on a remarkable letter which had appeared that day in the Sunday Telegraph. Because it is behind a paywall, I reproduce the text of the epistle here: SIR – The Government launched its Green … Continue reading

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

Facebook, ethics and reconstruction

At the moment it feels as if wherever you turn you come across a mea culpa ad from Facebook telling us they are getting serious about returning to their original declared mission. Lots of bad stuff they discovered was happening … Continue reading

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

Article 29 and children

In the UK our Data Protection Authority (DPA) – the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – has shown a real and sustained interest in how the new data privacy regime – the GDPR -is likely to impact children.  ICO officials attended … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Facebook, Google, Location, Regulation, Self-regulation

Facebook and the GDPR

Last week in Dublin Facebook and Google gathered together a substantial proportion of the “thought leadership” of the online child safety world from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  It has become an annual event. Nothing else on the calendar … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Good news and bad news from across the pond

A great article appeared in the Canadian Globe and Mail earlier this week.  It was written  by Peter MacKay a former Federal Attorney General of Canada. In the article MacKay reminds us, and here is the bad news, that even … Continue reading

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

2018 – transparency will be the key

At last month’s Internet Governance Forum in Geneva, one of the acknowledged creators of the internet,  Vint Cerf,   was asked what he wished for in 2018.  His reply was telling No further fragmentation of the internet. Conforming with a single set of … Continue reading

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