Category Archives: Age verification

Government in a muddle over porn

On the morning of 11th May the Queen’s Speech was delivered and published. In the afternoon, Caroline Dinenage MP appeared before the Communications and Digital Committee of the House of Lords. Ms Dinenage is the Minister of State responsible for … Continue reading

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Time to vaccinate against porn-fuelled violence against women

I am pleased to welcome guest blogger Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson who speaks about the  threat posed to women by the violent porn which is commonplace on the internet and about the British Government’s failure to address it. This is particularly … Continue reading

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We need to treat Treaties seriously

The North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA) was a free trade agreement between the USA, Canada and Mexico. It became operative in 1994, although free trade between two of the three, Canada and the USA, had existed since 1989. In … Continue reading

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Children’s groups speak out

The EU held a consultation on the upcoming Digital Services Act. It closed yesterday. Here is a link to the document I submitted with the support of one or more children’s groups from 15 Member States. What with the holiday … Continue reading

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“Good Pictures Bad Pictures”

I have just finished “Good Pictures Bad Pictures. Porn proofing today’s young kids.” by Kristen Jenson. I have to say, right off, the book is excellent. It is not preachy, moralising or judgemental. In crisp, clear and concise prose it describes … Continue reading

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Age verification. Movement in South Africa

The South African Film Board is charged with developing regulations to give effect to their recently adopted law requiring age verification for pornography sites. A consultation  was held on how the regulations might be implemented. It closed yesterday. After thanking … Continue reading

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Age verification marches on

This week saw the publication of  a report of a conference which I organized with the help of The Reward Foundation. What did we look at? With the enormous advances that have been made in recent years in the field … Continue reading

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The Government lost in court today

The Government lost in court today. Yippee! The age verification companies won the right to proceed with a Judicial Review of the Secretary of State’s decision not to proceed with the implementation of age verification. What will the Government do … Continue reading

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UK Government in court over age verification

The Government is in court tomorrow over its failure to implement age verification for pornography sites. Fingers crossed.

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Something could be done now?

If you click here you will see a copy of a letter I sent today to Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham CBE, the UK’s chief privacy enforcement official. In the letter I suggest the fact that the Government called a halt … Continue reading

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