John is or has been a Senior Expert Adviser to the United Nations (International Telecommunication Union). In March 2023 he was engaged by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna in relation to an examination of the potential role of financial institutions in promoting greater online child safety. John has been 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. In August 2022 he was further engaged by the Council of Europe in relation to a project in Moldova. John has been an adviser to the UK Government on matters connected with domain name registrations in relation to the remit of the Public Safety Working Group of the Governmental Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
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 was a member of the Academic Network established by the Chief Constable of Norfolk, then 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 high tech companies including Newscorp and Fox Interactive Media, where he was a Vice President of MySpace and later a consultant. John has also worked for Yahoo UK & Ireland, Google, Phorm (UK), Vodafone, Lego, 02, Ask.FM, the Motion Pictures Association of America, Disney, 21st Century Fox, NBC, SafeToNet and YOTI, ICF (a Brussels-based consultancy), UNICEF Albania, UNICEF Georgia and UNICEF India.
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. 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. He 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.
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.
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/