Self Regulation

Whittingdale Saga Proves Nothing About Press Self-regulation

Simon Sapper | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

We are a long way from perfection, or even satisfaction on press standards and press regulation. What distinguishes the non-appearance of the Whittingdale story is that many feel it is the exception and not the rule. That is the challenge for IPSO and the industry. Whether the current Secretary of State will be around to pass judgement on them is another matter.

Eight Things You Can Do Right Now to Benefit From a Self-Regulation Practice

David Mochel | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Mochel

A large and growing body of research shows that deliberately and consistently practicing self-regulation - being present, open, and purposeful - makes a dramatic difference in the quality of people's lives.

Why Britain Had to Act on Press Abuses

Professor Brian Cathcart | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Brian Cathcart

This is not a story that can be understood from headlines alone, partly because in Britain the headlines have so often wildly distorted the truth. Despite what you may have read, there is no threat by British politicians to interfere with press freedom. There is, however, a powerful consensus for change.

More on Lobbying

John Carr | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Tech
John Carr

My last blog was prompted by a story I read in the New York Times showing the amounts of money being spent by high tech companies seeking to influence...

On High Tech Lobbying

John Carr | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Tech
John Carr

Lobbyists are like lawyers. Normally in return for coin of the realm they put forward their client's case for or against a particular proposition. Thus lobbyists undoubtedly can help to improve the democratic process and this should lead to better decision-making all round.

The Myth of the Free Press: Why You Should Ignore the Fake 'Free Speech Naysayers

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

It is not in the public interest to have a press capable of running riot in the deliberate manufacture of false news which serves the interests of power. It is in the public interest to have a press which the public can hold to account when it fakes news in the interests of power, and which can thus counterbalance its overwhelming dominance by corporate conglomerates.

Prime Minister Speaks About Online Child Protection

John Carr | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Tech
John Carr

The core idea is that both existing users and anyone buying a new computer or signing up to a new internet connection will be asked whether or not they have children who are or will be using it. Presumably if the answer is "no" they pass straight through.

A Very Poor Report

John Carr | Posted 19.07.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

All of the UK's mobile phone networks run a system of filtering to keep web-based adult content away from children who access the internet via a mobile phone handset. The policy was first introduced voluntarily back in January 2004. It is still in place as a voluntary measure.

Kindle - Porn Slipping in Under the Radar

John Carr | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

Kindles have Google's search engine incorporated into them. When I entered a couple of not-hard-to-guess search terms immediately I was presented with a long list of porn sites. Clicking on them took me to their home pages. These contained images which were extremely graphic, hard core.

Why Self-Regulation is the Way Forward for the Wine Industry

Peter Shakeshaft | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Shakeshaft

It seems that the hottest topic for the media at the moment when it comes to fine wine is the issue of whether regulation is required. As we start a n...

Record Level of Convictions for Child Pornography Offences in the UK

John Carr | Posted 19.05.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

I made two Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to the UK's Ministry of Justice. I asked for the latest official data on offences involving indecent images of children for England and Wales. The final set of answers arrived last week.

Internet Hotlines: Time For a Change?

John Carr | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

Child abuse images, or child pornography as it is still more commonly known in many jurisdictions, are one of the signature crimes of the internet. Fr...

Who is Reading the WHOIS Review?

John Carr | Posted 14.04.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

The WHOIS directory is meant to be the definitive and publicly accessible list of owners of internet domain names. ICANN is responsible for its manage...

What Next?

John Carr | Posted 28.02.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

About this time of year lots of technology pundits write columns about what they think is going to happen in the upcoming twelve months or so. I have ...

BlackBerry Has Some Explaining to do

John Carr | Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

As I travel the globe talking about online child protection I have been delighted to be able to tell audiences about the exemplary response of the British mobile phone industry to some of the challenges of online child protection.

Brussels Makes a Move

John Carr | Posted 04.02.2012 | UK Tech
John Carr

Neelie Kroes is a Vice President of the European Commission. She is responsible for the European Union's ambitious Digital Agenda. Robert Madelin is h...

Lost in Translation

John Carr | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Tech
John Carr

Our new Prime Minister clearly has a passion for this subject. Not surprising. He is the father of three young children. Mr Cameron is committed to the idea of self-regulation. He was very clear about that but it was also fairly obvious, not that he is impatient, but that he is very keen to see things happen fast. The British Prime Minister will be running with this ball for some time to come.

The Story Most Papers Missed: Dacre Calls for Statutory Backstop

Martin Moore | Posted 13.12.2011 | UK Politics
Martin Moore

Talk about missing the story. The Sun, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, The Guardian, even Newsnight all failed to lead with the genuinely newsworthy aspect of Wednesday's Leveson Inquiry seminars.

Mr Yakomoto

John Carr | Posted 06.11.2011 | UK
John Carr

I know the way the internet is set up means it is very hard for anyone to get a grip but I refuse to believe we are all doomed to just tootle along to the point where on a weekday I have to get an eye transplant to go fishing instead of to the office.

WiFi providers - must do better!

John Carr | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK
John Carr

In the beginning there was only one way of connecting to the internet available to us, the Great Unwashed. That was over a telephone line courtesy of ...

Sticks and Stones may Break my Bones but Inaccurate Information Could Ruin my Life

John Carr | Posted 16.10.2011 | UK
John Carr

By all means use the internet as a source of seemingly positive information to give you a larger potential pool of applicants or members. However, as a source of negative information which you cannot or will not confirm or be able to check directly with the person concerned it should be a no no in all but the most obvious cases.