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Next steps for online regulation in the UK

Morning, Tuesday, 23rd June 2020


***Taking Place Online***

This conference will consider key priorities and next steps for online regulation in the UK.

Areas for discussion:

  • Key proposals contained in the Online Harms White Paper, and the Government’s response - issues including:
  • the way forward for designing and implementing codes of conduct;
  • a statutory duty of care for online platforms; and
  • options for regulatory and enforcement powers.
  • Priorities for implementation of the ICO’s age appropriate design code;
  • Preventing access to harmful and illegal content online for children and young people - next steps for policy, regulation and industry practice;
  • What should an online media literacy strategy look like, following government commitments in its response to the Cairncross Review; and
  • Tackling harmful and illegal online content, including child sexual abuse imagery, extremist content and disinformation - improving detection, reporting and takedown, and further developing collaboration between government, regulators and the industry.

Key developments:

The conference takes place in the context of a range of developments in regulation and policy:

The agenda:

  • Why regulate the internet? Key priorities for policy in online regulation;
  • Identifying and tackling the key issues in the online space and assessing the industry’s response so far;
  • Latest trends in online activity by children and young people, the threats they face and the response, and next steps for implementing and enforcing the Age-Appropriate Design Code;
  • The future approach to the regulation of the internet in the UK - design, implementation and potential effectiveness of codes of practice, and the duty of care on online platforms; and
  • Taking forward the measures in the Online Harms White Paper - next steps for the regulator.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

Especially with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the BEIS; Cabinet Office; DCMS; Department for Education (GLD); Department for International Trade; DHSC; Food Standards Agency; Government Legal Department; HMRC; Home Office; National Crime Agency; Ofcom and the Welsh Government.

This conference will be online***

  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish
  • opportunities for delegate questions and comments
  • a permanent record of the proceedings will be made available to all delegates afterwards, including a recording of the addresses, all slides that have been made available, and further materials

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Connolly

Director, Security and Online Harms, DCMS

Keynote Speakers

A senior speaker confirm from Ofcom

Sarah Connolly

Director, Security and Online Harms, DCMS


Steve Wood

Executive Director - Regulatory Strategy, Information Commissioner’s Office

Julian Coles

Co-Founder and Policy Lead, The Internet Commission

Adam Kinsley

Director, Policy, Sky

Richard Earley

UK Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Professor Victoria Nash

Deputy Director, Associate Professor and Senior Policy Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute

Susie Hargreaves

Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation

Andy Burrows

Head, Child Safety Online Policy, NSPCC

Graham Smith

Of Counsel, Bird & Bird

Jim Killock

Executive Director, Open Rights Group