Morning, Tuesday, 23rd June 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will consider key priorities and next steps for online regulation in the UK.
Key areas for discussion:
- Key proposals contained in the Online Harms White Paper, and the Government’s initial response - issues including:
- the way forward for designing and implementing codes of conduct,
- a statutory duty of care for online platforms,
- options for regulatory and enforcement powers, and
- the future of the duty of care principle in legislation, in light of reports on concerns that recent proposals from the Culture Secretary to introduce pre-legislative scrutiny of draft laws before a Bill is presented to Parliament could lead to a softening of measures.
- 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;
- Tackling harmful and illegal online content, including child sexual abuse imagery, extremist content and disinformation - looking at:
- improving detection, reporting and takedown, and
- further developing collaboration between government, regulators and the industry.
- The recent spread of online misinformation and disinformation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effectiveness of countermeasures put in place so far by online platforms; and
- Best practice in privacy and fair and ethical uses of data, in the context of recent concerns around video conferencing apps.
Why this is relevant now - the context:
The conference takes place with a range of developments in regulation and policy:
- 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;
- 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 stakeholders.
It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords and the APPG for Children's Media and the Arts, and officials from DCMS; BEIS; Ofcom; the Cabinet Office; the Home Office; the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; the Competition and Markets Authority; the Department for Education; the Department for International Trade; the Department for Transport; DHSC; the Food Standards Agency; GCHQ; the Government Legal Department; HMRC; the Intellectual Property Office; the National Audit Office; the National Crime Agency; the Office for National Statistics and the Welsh Government.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference