Category Archives: Google

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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Children’s groups call for action against ICANN

UK children’s groups call for action against ICANN’s negligence concerning children. Letters and briefing sent to UK and US Governments. They are a bit long  (2 pages and 4 pages) so download them from here

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Google takes the plunge

Word reaches me from the USA that Google is exploring how to admit under 13s to its services officially and legally. It has created a programme called “Family Link”. Seemingly it is only available at the moment if you live in … Continue reading

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Towards a new internet strategy for the UK

On 27th February Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State at DCMS announced the Government’s intention to  develop a new internet strategy. As a member of the Executive Board of UKCCIS I was asked for my views.  I reproduce them below. I … Continue reading

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Answers, answers

2017 has set off at a blistering pace. The first week is not over yet and already we have had two important announcements. Searching for answers NSPCC got in first with its call for parents to make greater use of … Continue reading

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Only 100

I have written many times about the fantastic work Microsoft did when they developed Photo DNA – the tool that allows law enforcement and other agencies to create a “digital fingerprint” of a child abuse image. This “fingerprint” can then … Continue reading

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Life is full of surprises

This blog could be a modern parable or warning that if you get fixated on one big thing you can easily miss other important stuff that is happening at the same time. It is also a timely reminder of how … Continue reading

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