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Next steps for online regulation in the UK and the draft Online Safety Bill

Morning, Wednesday, 23rd March 2022

This conference will examine priorities for online regulation in the UK and the outlook for the draft Online Safety Bill.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Sarah Connolly, Director, Security and Online Harms, DCMS; and Richard Wronka, Director for Online Harms, Ofcom, as well as contributions from BT; Childnet International; Facebook; Osborne Clarke; Snap; and TikTok. Chairing is Baroness Beeban Kidron, Founder and Chair, 5Rights Foundation.

It will be a timely opportunity to discuss progress on the Online Safety Bill following scrutiny by the joint committee, as well as further measures outlined in the Online Harms White Paper.

Delegates will consider the potential impact of measures in the Bill on the sector, online users, and other stakeholder groups, as well as implications and practicalities for regulation and wider options for reducing online harm.

Further discussion will look more widely at priorities for protecting children and young people online - including priorities for improving media literacy, creating safe spaces online, and taking forward the ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code.

Overall, the agenda will bring out the latest thinking on:

  • the international landscape for online regulation - key developments in the sector, opportunities for international collaboration, and how the UK approach compares to that of other countries
  • stakeholder perspectives - looking at regulation and its scope, the impact of the draft Bill, and whether more needs to be done through industry practice, policy, and regulation to tackle online harm
  • Ofcom’s evolving role in online regulation - priorities for tackling online harm and fostering accountability in the sector
  • wider priorities for creating a safe online space - the Age Appropriate Design Code, media literacy, advertising regulation, and working with schools and parent groups to protect children online
  • policy priorities for improving online safety in the UK

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the CMA; the DCMS; the House of Commons Library; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Connolly

Director, Security and Online Harms, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Richard Wronka

Director, Online Safety Policy, Ofcom


Baroness Beeban Kidron

Founder and Chair, 5Rights Foundation


Elizabeth Kanter

Director of Government Relations, TikTok

Senior speaker confirmed from BT

Will Gardner

CEO, Childnet International

Sanjit Gill

Head of Public Policy UK, Snap

Ashley Hurst

Partner, International Sector Leader, Tech, Media and Comms, UK, Osborne Clarke

Rebecca Stimson

Director, Public Policy UK, Facebook