John Carr is one of the world’s leading authorities on children's and young people’s use of the internet and associated new technologies. He is the Senior Technical Adviser to ECPAT International.
John is or has been a Senior Expert Adviser to the United Nations (International Telecommunication Union), an Expert Adviser to the European Union, the European Network and Information Security Agency, and consultant to the Oak Foundation, Geneva. John is an Expert Adviser to the European NGO Alliance on Child Safety Online and is a member of the Executive Board of UKCCIS, the British Government’s flagship agency for co-ordinating policy in the online space.
At different times John has been engaged professionally to advise or assist several, major global high tech companies. 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. In 2012 John was appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics.
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 into how the police service manages internet-enabled child sexual exploitation.