John Carr writes and consults about internet safety and security. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on children's and young people’s use of the internet and associated new technologies. Based in London John works extensively across the UK and in many parts of the world. More recently John has also been working on issues of digital inclusion, particularly around older people's use of technology.
John is or has been a Senior Expert Adviser to the United Nations (International Telecommunication Union), an Expert Adviser to the European Union and the European Network and Information Security Agency and has been an adviser to the Council of Europe in relation to the online aspects of the Lanzarote Convention. As a member of the Public Safety Working Group of the Governmental Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) he acts as an adviser to the UK Government.
John is Technical Adviser (Online), to Bangkok-based global NGO ECPAT International, Expert Adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online (eNACSO), which is administered by Save the Children, Italy, and Secretary of the UK's Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS).
In June, 2012, John was appointed as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. This was extended and renewed in 2015.
In January, 2014 John was appointed to the Strategic Reference Group established by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in relation to their national inspection of how the police service manages internet-enabled child sexual exploitation cases. He is also a member of the Academic Network established by the Chief Constable of Norfolk, the national ACPO lead on child abuse investigations. John is a member of the Europol Platform for Experts.
At different times John has been engaged professionally to advise or assist several, major global high tech companies including Newscorp and Fox Interactive Media, where he was a Vice President of MySpace and later a consultant, Yahoo UK & Ireland, Google, Phorm (UK), Vodafone, Lego, 02 and the Motion Pictures Association of America. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Ask.FM
In June, 2010, John was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with an OBE. In November, 2011, John received an award for "Outstanding Achievement" in the field of online child safety from the Washington DC based Family Online Safety Institute. John was nominated by Microsoft. In 2006, he was named by the New Statesman as one of 50 global “Modern Heroes”. In 2003 John was also named by New Media Age as one of the UK’s 50 most influential people in the new media industries.
John regularly contributes to TV and radio programmes on the subject of online safety and security. John was also 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.
John’s publications include "Theme paper on child pornography for the 2nd World Congress on the commercial sexual exploitation of children" 2001), "Child pornography, child abuse and the internet" (2003), “The Role of the Internet in the Commission of Crime” (2004), "Child safety online- a digital manifesto)(2005), Out of Sight, Out of Mind - global responses to dealing with online child pornographic images” (2006). “The Digital Manifesto” (co-authored) 2009 and (sole) 2015 Co-author "One in Three: Internet Governance and Children's Rights." Co-author "When 'free' isn't - business, children and the internet" (2016), "A Brief History of Child Safety Online: Child Abuse Images on the Internet" (2017) a chapter in "Online Risks to Children: Impact, Protection and Prevention", published by Wiley Blackwell.
John is a member of the Community Liaison Group of the UK's Gambling Commission. Pro bono he has been a Director of the charity Horsesmouth (see http://www.horsesmouth.co.uk/) an online mentoring social network, the Technical Advisory Committee of Breakthough Breast Cancer and the Advisory Board of Digital Trust. Along the way John was also a Founding Trustee of DEMOS, one of the UK’s leading independent Think Tanks.
Within the UK John is a member of the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). UKCCIS is co-chaired by three Government Ministers, one from Education, one from the Home Office and one from the Department of Culture Media and Sport. In 2015 he became a member of the UK's ICANN Public Safety Working Group. John is a member of the British Board of Film Classification Advisory Panel on Children's Viewing. John has acted as a consultant to the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England. He is also a former Director of the Internet Watch Foundation, the UK's hotline and is a member of the Advisory Board of INHOPE, the international association of hotlines.
John is a former member of Microsoft’s Policy Advisory Board for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and a former member of the Advisory Council of the Family Online Safety Institute in Washington DC, USA. He is member of the Advisory Council of Beyond Borders, Canada.
John blogs at http://johnc1912.wordpress.com/