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Digital Economy Bill amendment raises EU law concerns

Posted by malcolm on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 10:47

The amendment provides that A provider of an internet access service to an end-user may prevent or restrict access on the service to information, content, applications or services, for child...

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Internet companies should have to get permission to do ...anything?

Posted by Public Affairs Team on Friday, August 12th, 2016 at 16:51

John Carr, in his evidence to the Lords Communications Committee inquiry on Children and the Internet: Facebook’s pioneering slogan—the idea on which the company was founded—was “Move Fast and...

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Digital Economy Bill contains mandatory age-verification, but avoids blocking

Posted by Sam Frances on Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at 17:01

The Digital Economy Bill, introduced to Parliament on Wednesday, will introduce mandatory age-verification for pornographic material available online in the UK. 15. Internet pornography:...

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IWF Chief Executive awarded an OBE

Posted by Sam Frances on Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 11:00

Susie Hargreaves, the Chief Executive of the Internet Watch Foundation, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for her work in online child protection. Sir Richard Tilt, IWF...

“Family friendly” filters continued low take-up in 2015

Posted by Sam Frances on Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 8:35

In a report (pdf) released in December, Ofcom reports that 97% of parents who had adopted the filers felt they were helpful. However, the vast majority of subscribers had decided against using the...

Oxford academic and peer faces criticism for Internet “scaremongering”

Posted by malcolm on Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 12:05

A Labour peer and Oxford University academic has been criticised for “misleading” claims about the effects of children’s Internet use. Baroness Susan Greenfield has often spoken publicly about the...

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