Category Archives: Google

A trusted internet?

A joint blog from John Carr and Dr. Mike Short The dominant technology The Internet has become the dominant technology of the 21st century. There are now over 3 billion users worldwide and a vast array of services. The huge expansion … Continue reading

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

Uncertain times ahead

This blog is really a continuation of my last one but written in the wake of the terrible events in Manchester and the further revelations about the scale and nature of the terrorist material made available through various online networks. … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

The Facebook files

There are astonishing and detailed  revelations in today’s Guardian about the scale of abuse on the Facebook platform.  They are based on a major leak from someone who was obviously once on the inside track – and maybe still is. Seemingly … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Google, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

The news today

Anyone reading the British newspapers today who works for or owns one of the major social media platforms will quickly realise that the end of the self-regulatory road is upon them.  Coming on the heels of extensive coverage last week … Continue reading

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Election 2017 – a Digital Manifesto

Age verification for pornography sites was a key measure advocated in the Digital Manifesto published by the UK children’s charities ahead of the 2015 General Election. Earlier this week that proposal was adopted in the Digital Economy Act, 2017. This shows … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, CEOP, Child abuse images, Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, ICANN, Internet governance, Microsoft, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Children’s groups call for action against ICANN

UK children’s groups call for action against ICANN’s negligence concerning children. Letters and briefing sent to UK and US Governments. They are a bit long  (2 pages and 4 pages) so download them from here

Posted in Child abuse images, Default settings, Google, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Google takes the plunge

Word reaches me from the USA that Google is exploring how to admit under 13s to its services officially and legally. It has created a programme called “Family Link”. Seemingly it is only available at the moment if you live in … Continue reading

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

Towards a new internet strategy for the UK

On 27th February Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State at DCMS announced the Government’s intention to  develop a new internet strategy. As a member of the Executive Board of UKCCIS I was asked for my views.  I reproduce them below. I … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Age verification, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, Google, ICANN, Internet governance, Microsoft, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

Answers, answers

2017 has set off at a blistering pace. The first week is not over yet and already we have had two important announcements. Searching for answers NSPCC got in first with its call for parents to make greater use of … Continue reading

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Only 100

I have written many times about the fantastic work Microsoft did when they developed Photo DNA – the tool that allows law enforcement and other agencies to create a “digital fingerprint” of a child abuse image. This “fingerprint” can then … Continue reading

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