Category Archives: Internet governance

Rule of the oligarchs?

Where does ICANN’s money come from? It is easy to find their annual accounts  and estimates.  These give the big numbers.  Finding out which individual companies or organizations are behind the numbers is harder,  although admittedly not much harder if … Continue reading

Posted in ICANN, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

A review of the obscenity laws

The Crown Prosecution Service has announced a review of the guidance it issues to prosecutors concerning obscene materials.  It closes on 17th October. This could be a great opportunity to correct a number of anomalies which have arisen since, and been … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

Final version of the letter to the NTIA

The  UK children’s charities sent this in to the NTIA on 17th July, 2018. Dear NTIA, Thank you for this opportunity to submit comments on the future of the US Government’s international internet policy priorities. One in three human internet users is … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Pornography, Self-regulation

Problems with consent

Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote a wonderful sonnet which opens with this famous line “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” She then lists eight or nine. Here is the Oxford English Dictionary definition of “consent” Permission for … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Consent, Default settings, 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

Draft submission to the NTIA

Below is the first draft of a letter I am working on for several children’s groups. It is in response to the US Government’s request for “comments and recommendations” on its international internet policies and priorities. If you think I … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

I am not getting over excited about this….

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is a key bit of the US Government.  It has just announced a review of  its “International Internet Policy Priorities” . It wants comments by 2nd July. The  terms of reference make clear … Continue reading

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