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Next steps for online regulation in the UK

July 2020


Price: £150 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


***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
    • 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
    • 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
  • Best practice in privacy and fair and ethical uses of data, in the context of recent concerns around video conferencing apps
  • With a new independent report published by the Government showing the UK as world leader in online safety innovation with a 25% global market share, what are the priorities for supporting the continued development and growth of the UK online safety tech sector

Why this is relevant now - the context:


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


The agenda:


  • Key priorities and challenges for upcoming Online Harms legislation
  • 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 - assessing the design, implementation and potential effectiveness of codes of practice, and the statutory duty of care on online platforms
  • Taking forward the measures in the Online Harms White Paper - next steps for regulation

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 DWP; the Food Standards Agency; GCHQ; the Government Legal Department; HMRC; the Intellectual Property Office; the National Audit Office; the National Crime Agency 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



This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda