Category Archives: Advertising

Something to think about

All of the early thinking about the internet – thinking which determined how it was set up at a fairly fundamental level – was framed by a belief that overwhelmingly the future users would be highly educated, therefore literate and … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Children’s privacy moves forward in the UK

The UK Parliament adopted the GDPR pretty much as it came out of the EU’s law-making machine. Under Article 8 we agreed 13 as the age at which a child could be considered competent to give consent to their data … Continue reading

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

The dangers of digital piracy

With the school holidays upon us, here is a great report from Internet Matters on the dangers of digital piracy. This is not just about your children getting used to the idea that it is OK to rip off other … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, E-commerce, Regulation, Self-regulation

The case for age verification for pornography sites

Judging by the number of emails and phone calls I am getting, around the world there is growing interest in what the UK is doing  to reduce the possibility of children being exposed to pornographic web sites. We are introducing … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, E-commerce, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Another Requiem for self-regulation

As a service to my readers below are a few choice snippets from recent media coverage on the vexed question of regulation and the internet. These have arisen in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Before getting to them … Continue reading

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

Begging a question

Amazing statistics emerged last week courtesy of a body called WARC which presents itself as Your global authority on advertising and media effectiveness. WARC was publicising a study carried out by Verto Analytics according to which, between them, Google and Facebook account for 25% of … Continue reading

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

Limiting play time

Interesting story from China. Tencent Holdings – seemingly China’s biggest gaming and social media business measured by revenues- runs a very popular multi-player game called “Honour Kings”. It is said it now has over 200 million users, mostly in China, … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, E-commerce, Regulation, Self-regulation