Neil Fairbrother

Safeguarding podcast – The Marquis de Sade, the Libertines and the Internet with Professor Michael Salter

In this Safeguarding podcast we discuss the organised sexual abuse of children. Beyond the lurid headlines, how common is organized sexual abuse? What are the contexts in which organised abuse takes place? What indeed are the impacts on the victim? What part does the internet and social media play in its enactment? And what does …

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Safeguarding podcast – The UN CRC, SDGs & VNRs with UN SRSG on Violence Against Children Najat Maalla M’jid

In this safeguarding podcast we discuss with Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence Against Children, Najat Maalla M’jid, the UN CRC, what it is and the 4 under-pinning General Principles, the Optional Protocols, the Sustainable Development Goals especially SDG16, and the impact of COVID on meeting the 2030 targets. Also, VNRs, what …

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Safeguarding Podcast – OSTIA & the Strategic Inflection Point with Ian Stevenson

In this safeguarding podcast we discuss the fledgling Online SafetyTech Industry Association, OSTIA, with its Chair Ian Stevenson. Can a UK tech collective effectively tackle the Online Harms that US social media companies can’t, or won’t? Has “the internet” reached a Strategic Inflection Point and what would that mean?  Is the UK Government breaching State …

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Safeguarding Podcast – “Be More Moses” with Rabbi Diana Gerson

In this safeguarding podcast we talk to Rabbi Diana Gerson about the Jewish faith and its role in safeguarding children online, as well as Rabbi Gerson’s interfaith approach to the issue. Shomrim, mesirah, halakha, Yiddishkeit and how being more like Moses are all explored in relation to safeguarding children in the online digital context. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/safetonetfoundation/SafeToNet_Foundation_podcst_-_Be_More_Moses_with_Rabbi_Gerson.mp3 …

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Internet Safety

Earlier this year I published a podcast episode with Fred Langford, the CTO of the Internet Watch Foundation which focussed on a particular aspect of telecoms encryption (DNS over HTTPS or DoH) and how it could expose children to harm. I pitched an article based on this to the Institute of Telecoms Professionals for their …

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Safeguarding podcast – It’s a cesspool. A discussion with NCOSE

In this safeguarding podcast we talk with Eleanor Kelly Gaetan, Director of Government Relations for the National Centre on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) about the American legal system and US Federal legislation which is passed will have global ramifications. Although the EARN IT Act has bi-partisan support, “big tech is pretending that it cares about child protection …

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New report reveals UK as world leader in online safety innovation 

Study shows significant growth of ‘safety tech’ businesses and their importance in plans to make UK the safest place to be online More than 70 companies in London, Leeds, Cambridge and Edinburgh have a quarter of global market share for safety tech products The UK’s rapidly-growing safety tech sector is helping make the online world …

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Safeguarding podcast – The UK as a World Leader in SafetyTech

In this safeguarding podcast we discuss with Director of Perspective Economics Sam Donaldson, the DCMS sponsored inaugural report on the UK SafetyTech industry. Forwarded by Caroline Dinenage, the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, the report defines SafetyTech and explores its aims and ambitions, its funding, value and growth. Who are the major players, …

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Safeguarding podcast – An analog law in a digital world, with Simone Vibert

In this safeguarding podcast we discuss with Simone Vibert, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Analyst, the unique powers of the Children’s Commissioner’s Office, what they are and what they aren’t, the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on child online safety, the mental health services chasm, whether there’s a fundamental flaw in the Online Harms white paper …

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