Category Archives: Internet governance

Companies behaving like states

Tech companies and Governments between them created the crisis of confidence that is said to be stimulating the demand for greater online privacy protection. Yet they are now lining up on opposite ends of the argument about how to address … Continue reading

Posted in Consent, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

No room for complacency

My last blog was fairly upbeat about the UK Government’s interim response to the consultation on Online Harms. True the response was light on concrete proposals but much of the language was excellent. The overall tone was tough and purposeful. … Continue reading

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

The long and winding road

It has been a busy week in the UK. Yesterday the Government finally published  its “initial response” to the Online Harms consultation. That’s the consultation which was concluded in July last year (admittedly a lot has happened since then e.g. … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, E-commerce, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation

Facebook urged to rethink its plans for encryption

Today children’s organizations from over 100 hundred countries around the world publish a letter urging Facebook to rethink its plans on encryption. So far the story has been picked up and reported by the BBC, the Financial Times and the … Continue reading

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

Yesterday in Parliament – news and no news about porn

Yesterday was the final day of debate on the “Gracious Address” in the House of Lords. The Address had been delivered by Her Majesty on 19th December to mark the opening of a new Parliamentary year and a new Parliament … Continue reading

Posted in Age verification, Child abuse images, Default settings, Internet governance, Pornography, Regulation, Self-regulation

Is the cure worse than the disease?

In a blog which focuses on the meaning of “privacy” in the modern world, Privacy International published an excellent summary of key international instruments which address the subject. At the end they announce their conclusion Privacy is a qualified, fundamental … Continue reading

Posted in Apple, Child abuse images, Default settings, E-commerce, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation

More shocking insights

Here’s another great piece from the New York Times. It’s the third in the series. The headline tells you what the focus is this time around. Video Games and Online Chats are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators Children are the … Continue reading

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

Let there be light

In September the New York Times produced the first in a series of articles in which they focused on the internet industry’s response to the explosive growth in the detection of online child sex abuse material (csam). They started with … Continue reading

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

Good news from the EU

I have just heard the Finnish Presidency of the EU has decided NOT to press for a resolution of the ePrivacy Regulation before end of the year. I think we can say “hurrah!” This means the status quo remains i.e. … Continue reading

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

Is the Internet Governance Forum to be reborn?

At the moment there is a “High Level” review going on within the United Nations.  It was commissioned by the Secretary General of the UN  who appointed Melinda Gates and Jack Ma as co-chairs. With this type of backing it … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation