About us

Terri DowtyTerri Dowty spent the last 10 years as director of  Action on Rights for Children (ARCH) and has several successful campaigns under her belt, including the abolition of the intrusive and dangerous national children’s database, Contactpoint.

A qualified counsellor, Terri has lectured and written widely on children’s rights, and co-authored both the well-known ‘Database State’ report for the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, and the report for the Information Commissioner, ‘Children’s Databases: safety and privacy’.

Terri, if you want me to add or edit anything in your bio, just let me know – Phil

Phil Booth coordinated the NO2ID campaign (with the help of Guy Herbert, who coined the term Database State, and many others) from 2004 to 2011, building an active and influential UK-wide grass roots network campaigning on a range ofPhil Booth database state issues – including medical privacy, fingerprinting in schools, unlawful DNA retention – and ultimately defeating the Home Office’s National Identity Scheme.

Previously, Phil lectured and worked as a public sculptor (mainly assisting Sebastien Boyesen) before starting his first digital media company with Rob Morgan in 1994, later joining forces with Alex Boyesen and friends in a company called Flabberghasted. He joined the BBC’s Digital Media Education department in ‘98, helping out BBC Schools Online in various ways in its early years. In the early 2000s, working with children’s charity the Who Cares? Trust, Phil helped conceive, prototype and develop Carezone – a safe online space for looked after children.

Phil believes the pilot phase of Carezone was funded in summer 2002 by DoH, DfES & corporate sponsorship in 8 Local Authorities and the full scheme was made available to all UK Local Authorities, including Northern Ireland & Scotland, in 2003. But he could be wrong about those dates.

Carezone did receive funding from the UK Treasury’s Capital Modernisation Fund when the Right Honourable Gordon Brown was Chancellor of the Exchequer; the demonstrator/pilot was launched at Church House by Home Secretary-to-be, The Right Honourable Jacqui Smith.

Unfortunately: ‘Vulnerable children lose vital online link‘, The Guardian, 10 October 2006

The damage has been building for years and, as always, it is the most vulnerable who suffer first. In this case, children in the care of the State.

Phil heard Terri – and Susanna Cheal before her – saying this, loud and clear, but he (and lots of other people) never quite understood the full import of what they were saying at the time.