How the draft Online Safety Bill would affect the development of Free / open source software

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As readers of my personal blog, or people who know me, will probably be aware, I'm a proponent, and user, of Free and open source software. And this got me thinking: how would the draft Online Safety Read more

Online ID / age verification: the death of online search, and non-browser web access?

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Neil note: I've published this with the hope that others familiar with what this could entail will give feedback. As such, what you read now might not be the final version. If I make material Read more

Unpicking the "making children as safe as they are offline" fallacy

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When discussing Internet regulation, one often hears the trope that the Internet must be made "as safe as the offline world". Indeed, the outgoing Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, gave a Read more

Online harms and the role of intermediaries as enforcers

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1 In my last blog post, I commented on the UK government's current proposals to impose obligations on a hugely broad range of online actors, thanks to the proposals' extra-territorial scope. This Read more

"Online harms": an extra-territorial over-reach?

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1 tl;dr Without changing the very essence of the services they provide, it would be close to impossible for any service provider, anywhere in the world, which permits the posting of user-generated Read more

(Cyber)Flash A-Ah!

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1 CW/TW: unsolicited sexual images The Law Commission has published proposals to better protect victims from harmful online behaviour including abusive messages or emails, cyberflashing, and pile-on Read more

"SafetyTech": what it is, and key legal issues

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1 I've seen the term "SafetyTech" crop up quite a bit lately, mostly due to a recent report for the UK government (PDF) (and also an HTML version for those who prefer it), and it is a buzzword which, Read more