Category Archives: Self-regulation

Online Harms White Paper – the obvious problem

Some time ago I read a discussion of strategies online businesses might adopt to try to avoid the clutches of potential or actual Regulators. Without embarrassment or apology it was suggested companies deliberately bundle and entangle lots of things.  Why? … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, E-commerce, ICANN, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

The Not Scientist and others

On Tuesday the UK Government finally announced the trigger date (15th July) for those parts of the Digital Economy Act, 2017 which require commercial pornography sites to ensure persons under the age of 18 are not able to view their … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Default settings, E-commerce, Regulation, Self-regulation

15th July. The date when the age verification rules kick in

The Government has just announced the trigger date for the new rules concerning age verification and access to commercial pornography web sites. It is 15th July, 2019. This closes one chapter and opens another. Now the hard work begins. Will … Continue reading

Posted in Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

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

No surprises but it’s still radical!! Big round of applause

The UK Government’s long-awaited White Paper on Online Harms finally appeared today. It has been warmly welcomed by children’s, parents’ and other civil society organizations. That’s because it is a first-rate document, signalling the beginning of a new approach to … Continue reading

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

Three choices

As regular readers will know, in the UK, Government policies typically, or at any rate often,  emerge  in the following way: arising from events or a manifesto commitment a “Green Paper” is issued as a consultative document. It sets out … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Draft comment on the UNCRC is being prepared

Sonia Livingstone and others are preparing a draft comment on the UNCRC This is important. I hope lots of people will respond.  

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