About: Jeremy Malcolm

Website: https://twitter.com/qirtaiba
Bio: Jeremy Malcolm, PhD (Founder and Executive Director) is a lawyer, human rights activist, and father of two boys. In addition to his work at Prostasia he holds the position of Senior Global Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation. Prior to that he worked for Consumers International coordinating its global program Consumers in the Digital Age. Jeremy’s responsibilities include high-level domestic and international policy advocacy, establishing and managing civil society and multi-stakeholder policy networks, public speaking and blogging.

Posts by Jeremy Malcolm:

Experts to United Nations: hentai ban would be a mistake

Posted on: 18 Feb 2019

A United Nations committee is circulating a draft document that could bring in a global ban on the sexual depiction of minors in drawings and cartoons, including lolicon and shotacon hentai—a Japanese comic book artform—and it has human rights experts worried. No politician wants to be seen as being weak against child sexual abuse. But unfortunately the extent of what …

Tumblr’s adult content ban is an admission of defeat

Posted on: 04 Dec 2018

In a blog post yesterday in which Tumblr announced that it would ban adult content from the site come December 17, it took pains to point out “something that should not be confused with today’s policy change: posting anything that is harmful to minors, including child pornography, is abhorrent and has no place in our community.” But Tumblr’s attempt to …

Defending Lolita from censorship

Posted on: 24 Sep 2018

Lolita was never officially banned in the United States, although it was banned in France where it was first published in 1955, and in several other countries. Yet today, although the novel remains unlikely to be formally censored, the idea of its private or “voluntary” censorship has gained fresh currency. In 2018, Professor Anne Dwyer, who teaches Russian literature at …

FOSTA and the alt-right are censoring speech about child protection

Posted on: 28 Aug 2018

The proponents of the anti-trafficking law FOSTA have claimed (falsely) that since passage of the law there has been a 90% fall in the number of sex advertisements published online. But whatever its real impact on sex ads, what’s beyond doubt is that the law has resulted in the censorship of a lot of constitutionally protected speech—including discussions about child …

Helping young adolescents to combat sexual grooming

Posted on: 08 Aug 2018

From the way that it is often described, as a slow, methodical, and intentional process, the sexual grooming of children often sounds like some kind of black magic. By following a methodically planned and systematic ritual of trust building, the groomer is able to transform a child who is naturally resistant to sexual advances into a state of docile compliance …

Child protection and the limits of censorship

Posted on: 04 Jul 2018

It’s unusual for a civil liberties organization — which Prostasia is — to be calling for censorship. But we are also, and first and foremost, a child protection organization. And one of the great achievements of the child protection movement worldwide was building a global consensus that the possession or distribution of child pornography¹ must be criminalized. The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights …

How the politics of child protection gives us laws that harm children

Posted on: 11 Jun 2018

As a child, I remember how terrified I was by a rerun of the 1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers, in which the lead character attempts to sound the alarm about a stealth alien invasion of Earth. In the final scene of the movie, mounting panic overcomes him as realizes that he is too late, and that the vehicles passing …

Is there a sex-positive approach to teen sexting?

Posted on: 22 May 2018

It seems like not a week goes by without yet another news story about the prosecution of teens for exchanging sexual selfies, otherwise known as sexting. The latest high profile case involves twelve Virginia students who are facing felony charges for sharing nude pictures of each other. But as serious as this is for the students involved, it pales in comparison to …

Child sexual abuse prevention isn’t a soft option

Posted on: 29 Apr 2018

Wouldn’t it be great if we could eliminate child sexual abuse (CSA) with a pill? But it’s a more complicated prospect than it seems. Who would you administer it to? Most child sex offenders are unknown to the police before they offend, and by then, it’s too late for their victims. So would you just administer this pill to everybody, …