Westminster eForum

Protecting children online: content regulation, age verification and latest thinking on industry responsibility

Morning, Tuesday, 10th December 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will consider what more is required from policy, regulation and industry practice to protect children online.


It will be an opportunity to discuss the key issues affecting the protection of children arising from the Online Harms White Paper, which set out the Government’s plans to improve consumer safety online.


Delegates will assess practicalities of implementation and the next steps for delivery.


As the ICO puts its age appropriate design code into effect, further sessions examine what are the key priorities going forward - as well as implications of the Government changing its approach to preventing online adult content from being accessed by children.


The agenda in summary


Keynote sessions:


  • The Online Harms white paper - next steps - with a senior speaker confirmed from DCMS;
  • Industry priorities for protecting children online - with Daniel Dyball, Executive Director, UK, Internet Association and Becky Foreman, UK Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft;
  • Implementing the ICO Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice - with Jonathan Bamford, Director of Strategic Policy, Domestic, Information Commissioner’s Office

Panel sessions include:


Online content regulation, industry responsibility, and providing children and families with the support to make informed choices - with:


  • Professor Lorna Woods, Professor, School of Law, University of Essex;
  • Claire Levens, Policy Director, Internet Matters; and
  • A senior speaker confirmed from UNICEF UK.
  • The practicalities of age verification - collection and use of data, freedom of expression concerns, and the impact on innovation and competition in digital markets - with:
    • Lenard Koschwitz, Senior Director, Global Policy, Allied for Startups;
    • Paul Herbert, Partner, Goodman Derrick;
    • Vicki Shotbolt, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Parent Zone and Member, Executive Board, UK Council for Child Internet Safety; and
    • Alex Towers, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BT and Board member, techUK.

This Westminster eForum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers across the UK. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; CDEI; CMA; Counter-Extremism Unit; DCMS; DHSC; FCO; Home Office; HMRC; NCA; Ofcom; the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Bamford

Director of Regulatory Strategy, Domestic, Information Commissioner’s Office

Keynote Speakers

Daniel Dyball

Executive Director, UK, Internet Association

Becky Foreman

UK Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft and Industry Vice-Chair, Internet Watch Foundation

Jonathan Bamford

Director of Regulatory Strategy, Domestic, Information Commissioner’s Office

Chair

Ann Coffey MP

Former Member of Parliament and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults

Speakers

Matthew Lesh

Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute

Ben Bradley

Senior Policy Manager, Digital Strategy, techUK

Lenard Koschwitz

Senior Director, Global Policy, Allied for Startups

Claire Levens

Policy Director, Internet Matters

Senior speaker confirmed from UNICEF UK

Paul Herbert

Partner, Goodman Derrick

Alex Towers

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BT and Board member, techUK

Sophie Linington

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Parent Zone

Professor Lorna Woods

Professor, School of Law, University of Essex