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Woe, woe and thrice woe

On Monday the Daily Telegraph – a leading UK broadsheet (with a thoroughly conservative pedigree) –  led with this headline:  Home gadgets open to hackers. The story was about the dangers to society in general and our individual well-being in … Continue reading

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More warnings about the Internet of Toys

On Monday the Financial Times carried a report of a new warning from the FBI about the dangers to children and young people arising from Smart toys made by a slew of companies …increasingly incorporating technologies that learn and tailor … Continue reading

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As I would have said….

Yesterday I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s “World at One”, the current affairs lunchtime slot. If you download the podcast you’ll find the interview starts at 36 minutes and 55 seconds. Why was there a story in the first place? That … Continue reading

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No need to feel powerless

When people ask me what I do I often say I see my role as convincing others there are things that can be done to make the internet a safer and better place. We need to learn from each other, pay … Continue reading

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GDPR update on Article 8

Poland’s and Sweden’s Data Protection Agencies are both recommending 13 to their national Parliaments. Final decisions not taken yet.

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Pornography, age verification and related matters

At the end of February, the Government announced that sex education was to become a compulsory part of the national curriculum. Apparently, among other things,  sexting, self-generated images and the harms associated with pornography are to be addressed within the … Continue reading

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A ridiculous state of affairs

Back in 2004 BT surprised the world when it announced Cleanfeed, a mechanism for restricting access to urls known to contain child abuse images. Not long after that Pennsylvania wanted to mandate local ISPs to deploy filters. One of the free … Continue reading

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