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The Green Paper and other things

I have now read all of the Green Paper more thoroughly and there is no doubt in my mind, in terms of its scope and much of its language, it is extremely good.  Of course, at its heart, is the … Continue reading

Posted in E-commerce, Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Stuck in a time warp

Yesterday in the US Senate the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on a proposed amendment to s. 230 of the ironically named Communications Decency Act (CDA) – the shield behind which Backpage indecently hid for years. I will … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation, Uncategorized

Number plates +

In a recent blog, inter alia, I used the analogy of a car number plate to suggest if  every internet user had to have one it might help reduce the level of bad behaviour online. Guess what? It seems something … Continue reading

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More on moderation – and car number plates

Turns out there is already a legal action underway concerning the position of moderators. It is being brought against Microsoft by two ex-employees. It will be interesting to see how the case pans out. Microsoft has almost always been a leader … Continue reading

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Looks like 13 for the UK

Yesterday the British government announced its intention to bring a Bill to Parliament to enact the provisions of the GDPR, thereby embedding them in UK law. Brexit? What Brexit? The story led the news throughout the day. There is no … Continue reading

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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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