John Carr

CHIS & Internet Consultant

John Carr is one of the world’s leading authorities on children and young people’s use of the internet and associated new technologies. He is currently a Senior Expert Adviser to the International Telecommunication Union and has previously been an Expert Adviser to the European Union. John is also a former member of Microsoft’s Policy Advisory Board for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In addition John has been engaged professionally to advise several, major high tech companies. Since it was founded in 1999 John has been Secretary of the UK Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS), comprising all the major professional child welfare organizations in Great Britain. He is an Executive Board Member of the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online (eNACSO) and on the Advisory Council of FOSI. John is a key adviser to the UK Government and also regularly briefs the opposition parties. He is a member of the Executive Board of the UK Government’s Council on Child Internet Safety. He led several important UK Government online safety initiatives e.g. the working group on safety within the “Home Access” initiative and a project which established the British Standards Institute “kitemark”, a quality assurance symbol, for filtering software. Until 2004, John was a member of the Policy Board or was a main Board Director of the Internet Watch Foundation, the UK internet industry’s hotline for reporting child abuse images. He is now a member of the Advisory Council of INHOPE, the global association of hotlines. At the invitation of the (former) National Crime Squad, John became a member of the Programme Board established to create the Children’s Exploitation and Online Protection centre (CEOP), the UK’s new national, police led, multi-agency initiative for dealing with a range of online offences against children and for spearheading a major educational initiative on internet safety within schools. In 2001 he wrote a key theme paper on child pornography which was presented to the 2nd World Congress on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, organized in Yokohama by the Government of Japan and UNICEF. In 2004 he presented to the FBI’s Online Victimization Conference in Washington DC. In November, 2007 and December 2008 John was part of the UK and EU delegations to the Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro and Hyderabad respectively. He continues to play a major part in the UK and EU delegations’ preparations for the IGF’s next meeting in Egypt in November, 2009. John was formerly the Internet columnist for Prospect magazine and has written about the internet for The Observer, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, The Guardian and many other journals, both in the UK and overseas. In 2003 John was named by New Media Age as one of the UK’s 50 most influential people in the new media industries. In 2006, John was named by the New Statesman as one of 50 global “Modern Heroes”. The citation was for his work helping make the internet safer for children. John’s publications include “A Parent’s Guide to the Internet”, “The Role of the Internet In the Commission of Crime”, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind - global responses to dealing with online child pornographic images” and, in June 2009, he jointly authored “The Digital Manifesto”, a review of child safety policy in the UK. A similar manifesto for Europe as a whole is currently in preparation. Along the way John was also a Founding Trustee of DEMOS, one of the UK’s leading independent Think Tanks.