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Next steps for online regulation in the UK

Morning, Tuesday, 23rd June 2020

Online Conference


***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:

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;
  • 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

Keynote Speaker

Sarah Connolly

Director, Security and Online Harms, DCMS

Keynote Speakers

Mark Bunting

Director, Content Policy, Ofcom

Sarah Connolly

Director, Security and Online Harms, DCMS


Darren Jones MP

Member, House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee and Acting Chair, Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum

The Rt. Rev the Lord Bishop of Oxford


Julian Coles

Co-Founder and Policy Lead, The Internet Commission

Adam Kinsley

Director, Policy, Sky

Max Beverton-Palmer

Head of Internet Policy, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

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