Category Archives: Google

Scary stuff

Over 90% of households in the UK receive their domestic broadband service via one of the “Big Four” ISPs. Each supplies customers with a set of family filters to restrict access to content considered unsuitable for children. These filters are … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Google, Internet governance, Location, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

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

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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

Another big step forward – well done Google

Today Google are announcing the release  of a new tool which they are making available at no cost to relevant NGOs and industry partners. Here’s the problem it is addressing. Microsoft’s Photo DNA is brilliant. It works at scale to find … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Google, Internet governance, Microsoft, 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

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

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