This timely seminar discussed latest thinking on regulation, responsibility and the internet. It looked 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 considered 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 followed 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 assessed the priorities for developing relationships between providers, governments and other authorities - including law enforcement - as well as having considered 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 examined 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 came amidst discussion over the future responsibilities for internet companies in removing extremist content and preventing its publication, and the agenda included a keynote address from Max Hill QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation.