Online harms: how can technologists and regulators build a safer internet?

Following the release of the Online Harms White Paper, this event will examine the technical and regulatory challenges of making the UK the safest place in the world to go online.

Dates Thursday, November 7, 2019 - Download as vCalendar
Event Times: 17:00 to 20:45
Venue PwC UK, The Maurice Wilkes Building, St John's Innovation Park, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS
Contact Name Clare Kettle
Contact Phone +441223967101
Website Event website

Event details:

The internet can facilitate cyber bullying, hate speech, promotion of terrorism and the depiction of child abuse. User generated content is not subject to the usual editorial controls and legal remedies associated with the traditional media. This enables some users to freely post content which could harm others.

In June 2019’s Online Harms White Paper, the UK government stated that the digital economy urgently needs a new regulatory framework to improve our citizens’ safety online. But what technology could be put in place to make the internet less harmful, and what kind of legal challenges would such a framework generate?

This event will feature four short presentation that address these questions and concludes with an open forum. Registration opens at 5.00pm with the first session at 5.30PM and the event will end with networking over refreshments and pizza. This event is kindly hosted by the PwC.


17:00 - Registration & networking over beers and pizza

18:00 - Introduction to CW from Simon Mead, CEO, CW

18:05 - Welcome from event host, John Dow, Business Development Manager, PwC UK

18:10 - Fred Langford, Deputy CEO/Chief Technical Officer & Emma Douglas, Director of Development at Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

18:35 - Dr Jennifer Cobbe,nResearcher & Affiliated Lecturer, Department of Computer Science & Technology (Computer Laboratory), University of Cambridge

19:00 - Tim Winchcomb, Head of Technology Strategy in Wireless & Digital Services, Cambridge Consultants

19:30 - Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion Tim Phipps from Samsung, Cambridge

20:20 - Closing remarks and event end

Speakers include:

  • Jennifer Cobbe; Researcher and Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge
  • Emma Douglas; Director of Development, Internet Watch Foundation
  • Fred Langford; Deputy CEO/Chief Technical Officer, Internet Watch Foundation
  • Tim Winchcomb; Head of Technology Strategy in Wireless and Digital Services, Cambridge Consultants

This event is FREE for all to attend!

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