Westminster eForum

Next steps for online regulation - practicalities, responsibilities and collaboration

Morning, Tuesday, 19th March 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will examine priorities and options for the regulation of the internet - focusing on UK policy and industry practice, and the international dimension.

It takes place with the joint DCMS-Home Office Internet Safety Strategy White Paper expected to be released this winter and with wider work taking place under the broader Digital Charter - which aims to make the UK the safest place to be online.

We expect discussion on what any future regulation might look like, and what more can be done to regulate harmful online content whilst protecting freedom of expression. Delegates will also consider key practical questions around the identification and tracking of harmful content, and the removal and takedown processes - as well as the roles and responsibilities of governments, regulators and enforcement agencies, technology and infrastructure providers, and internet businesses and services along with their customers and audiences.

Following the Government’s announcement that it will extend online age-verification to social media sites, sessions will also consider the key challenges that will come with its implementation, and the range of impacts for businesses and service users. They will also examine more broadly the range of proposed measures on social media, including new codes of practice and more stringent transparency standards. Discussion will also consider progress so far in existing industry-led solutions and initiatives, and what difficulties have been encountered - including issues around measurement and identification, developing a standardised approach across the industry - and potential next steps for further intervention.

Informed by the recent Lords Communications Committee The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate? Inquiry, and developments in Europe including the Commission’s proposed legislation around extremist content - as well as reflecting developments in the United States and more widely - delegates will also assess options for international collaboration, oversight and enforcement - as well as challenges around education and digital skills.

Guest of Honour

Julian King

European Commissioner for the Security Union

Guest of Honour

Julian King

European Commissioner for the Security Union

Keynote Speakers

Adam Kinsley

Director, Policy, Sky

Dr Victoria Nash

Deputy Director and Policy and Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute


Hugh Milward

Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft UK