Westminster eForum

Regulation, responsibility and internet safety: policy, practicalities and the role of providers

Morning, Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will discuss latest thinking on regulation, responsibility and the internet. It will look at the way forward for policy in balancing national security, the practicalities of internet regulation, dealing with threats online and the responsibilities of internet and platform providers.

Delegates will consider the potential impact of key measures from the Government’s green paper on the Internet Safety Strategy, which is expected to include proposals for the introduction of an online code of practice for social media companies, an ‘online abuse levy’ to fund the education of users, and plans to develop children’s skills and knowledge about the internet to ensure that they can be safe online.

The seminar also follows the Government’s announcement of a new national online hate crime hub and the CPS’ commitment to treat online crime as seriously as offline offences, while taking into account the potential impact on the wider community as well as the victim.

Attendees will assess the priorities for developing relationships between providers, governments and other authorities - including law enforcement - as well as considering key issues around the use of encryption on messaging services and options for responding to the use of the dark web for illegal activities.

Further sessions will examine latest developments in both online threats and the approaches to tackling them, including practicalities and the responsibilities of providers in protecting individuals and vulnerable groups against established online threats such as radicalisation, sexual abuse, fraud, trolling and piracy - as well as issues of trust and the balance between internet freedoms and online safety.

The seminar also comes amidst discussion over the future responsibilities for internet companies in removing extremist content and preventing its publication, and the agenda includes a keynote address from Max Hill QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.

Guests of Honour

Max Hill QC

Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

Victoria Jenkins

Internet Safety Strategy Lead, DCMS

Guests of Honour

Victoria Jenkins

Internet Safety Strategy Lead, DCMS

Max Hill QC

Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

Keynote Speaker

Nick Pickles

UK Public Policy Manager, Twitter


Chi Onwurah MP

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy


Graham Smith

Partner, Bird & Bird

Julian Ashworth

Global Director of Group Industry Policy, BT Group

Speaker confirmed from Open Rights Group

Speaker confirmed from Internet Watch Foundation

Rachel Coldicutt

Chief Executive Officer, Doteveryone

Karim Palant

UK Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Julian Coles

Digital Media Policy Consultant

Carla Baker

Senior Government Affairs Manager, Symantec