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The AVPA’s agenda for 2023

The AVPA’s agenda for 2023

2023 marks the centenary of age verification. It was in 1923 that the first female Member of Parliament in the UK, Nancy Astor, passed a Private Members Bill, the “Intoxicating Liquor (Sale to Persons under Eighteen) Act” making 18 the legal age to buy alcohol.  As...

ONLINE SAFETY BILL AND PORNOGRAPHY THE CASE FOR A REVISED PART 5

Kids Online Safety Act – Age Verification

A number of human rights and LGBTQ+ organizations wrote to members of the US Congress last week opposing a kids’ online safety bill (KOSA) they argue would not actually help make the Internet a better place for children and teens. We wanted to respond to their...

The AVPA’s agenda for 2023

The AVPA’s agenda for 2023

2023 marks the centenary of age verification. It was in 1923 that the first female Member of Parliament in the UK, Nancy Astor, passed a Private Members Bill, the “Intoxicating Liquor (Sale to Persons under Eighteen) Act” making 18 the legal age to buy alcohol.  As...

ONLINE SAFETY BILL AND PORNOGRAPHY THE CASE FOR A REVISED PART 5

Kids Online Safety Act – Age Verification

A number of human rights and LGBTQ+ organizations wrote to members of the US Congress last week opposing a kids’ online safety bill (KOSA) they argue would not actually help make the Internet a better place for children and teens. We wanted to respond to their...

AVPA on BBC Radio 4 World at One

AVPA on BBC Radio 4 World at One

We spoke to BBC Radio 4 World at One about the latest changes to the Online Safety Bill. We explained how age verification and age estimation can be used to apply age checks in proportion to the level of risk. And we warned how disappointed parents will be if they...

Answering Fraser Nelson’s questions

Answering Fraser Nelson’s questions

Fraser Nelson, Editor of The Spectator, has quite reasonably raised a list of questions he still has about the impact on free speech of the Online Safety Bill in this article: “The Online Safety Bill is still a censor’s charter“.  As many of these refer to age...

How do you regulate a foreign porn site?

How do you regulate a foreign porn site?

How do you regulate a foreign porn site? It may be the world-wide web, but governments are still generally national not international (the EU being the exception which proves that rule), so how can any one state hope to regulate the global Internet? Well, it is not...

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