Westminster eForum

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

Morning, Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the latest priorities for regulation online and the way forward for policy in balancing national security, commercial objectives and civil liberties.

Following recent acts of terror and commitments from all UK political parties to address hateful and terrorist content online, delegates will consider what practical steps that can be taken for regulating this space, whilst ensuring that the internet remains open; and free-speech, uncompromised.

Areas for discussion will include the use of encryption on messaging services; the responsibilities of providers in aiding law enforcement and for protecting people online, particularly children and vulnerable groups; the use of the dark web for criminal and terrorist activities, and how this can be monitored and regulated; and protection against traditional online threats such as sexual abuse, fraud, trolling and piracy.

Guest of Honour

Max Hill QC

Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation

Guest of Honour

Max Hill QC

Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation


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