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 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.

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 November, 2015, John co-authored "One in Three: Internet Governance and Children's Rights."

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 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 and 02. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Board of Ask.FM

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”. In June 2009, he jointly authored “The Digital Manifesto”.  ahead of the 2010 General Election and in 2015 he was the principal author of an updated version for that year's General Election.

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 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. 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 and is on the Advisory Board of Digital Trust.  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