Category Archives: Internet governance

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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Ring the bells!

At  3.15.p.m. today the Digital Economy Bill 2016-2017  completed the penultimate formal stages of the Parliamentary processes. The House of Lords agreed to all of the amendments to its amendments that had been made when the Bill went back to … Continue reading

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ICANN lets down child abuse victims, again

There is a major story in today’s Sunday Times.  It has a front page splash and a half page inside.  It concerns two remnants of Empire, technically known as British Overseas Territories, the Chagos Islands and St Helena, the latter … 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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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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Stockholm Syndrome and the internet

Stockholm Syndrome describes how hostages can eventually come to adopt the values or point of view of their captors.  Having just returned from ICANN 58 in Copenhagen I am convinced there is a lot more of it about than I … Continue reading

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A Disgraceful Dereliction of Duty

ICANN is the global ruling body for the worldwide web. It is an independent organization but every government in the world, including the UK’s, can influence its decisions through something called the Government Advisory Committee (GAC). The Brits have been particularly active on … Continue reading

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