Monday, 22 February 2010


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 a Senior Expert Adviser to the United Nations (International Telecommunication Union) and has been an Expert Adviser to the European Union and the European Network and Information Security Agency. He is Technical Adviser (Online), to Bangkok-based global NGO ECPAT International, Expert Adviser to the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online (eNACSO) based in Rome 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.

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. He is also a member of the Academic Network established by Simon Bailey, Chief Constable of Norfolk, 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, Fox Interactive Media (owners of MySpace) where he was a Vice President and later a consultant, Yahoo UK & Ireland, Google, Phorm (UK), Vodafone, Lego and 02.

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.

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’s publications include “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”.

Pro bono John has been a Director of the charity Horsesmouth (see an online mentoring social network and is a former member of the Technical Advisory Committee of Breakthough Breast Cancer. 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. He 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 was also a  Director of the Internet Watch Foundation, the UK's hotline.

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