Discussion Meeting: Recent Developments in Child Internet Safety

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Date(s) - 22/01/2014
09:30 - 11:30



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Recent Developments in Child Internet Safety

Chair: Diana Johnson MP

Wednesday 22 January 2014

9.30am – 11.30am ~ Westminster

The Digital Policy Alliance is delighted to invite you to attend an event to discuss recent and ground-breaking UK developments in online child protection policy.

The confirmed speakers are:
David Miles, Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)
Jim Killock, Executive Director, Open Rights Group
Will Gardner, Chief Executive, Childnet International
Nick Truman, Recently responsible for online child protection in Bahrain and currently Head of Information Security, Balfour Beatty Construction
Chris Ratcliff, Head of Programming, PortlandTV
Peter Davies, Chief Executive, Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP).

Since the Prime Minister’s landmark speech at the NSPCC in July 2013, major and far reaching changes have been introduced across the UK child internet safety landscape. We will discuss these developments from all viewpoints examining both the significant positive benefits as well as practical impacts and implications.

We will have an update on measures already underway, which include:

  • 20m UK households will have whole home Internet filtering applied as default by four leading Internet Service Providers (BT, Virgin Media, BSkyB and TalkTalk) backed by a £25m awareness campaign aimed to inform millions of parents on the benefits of filtering.
  • 90% of all public Wi-Fi networks will deploy family friendly filters through an agreement with the 6 leading UK Wi-Fi providers – with a specific focus networks in public places frequented by children (e.g. coffee shops).
  • Since November Google has blocked over 100,000 child sexual abuse search terms, the Internet Watch Foundation has £1.5m funding to proactively seek out those that download such content and for the National Crime Agency to prosecute offenders.

We will then address practical implications through short 5-minute presentations and discussion. For example, blanket filtering may have unintended consequences such that teenage sexual health education sites could be blocked (“over-blocking”). We will also examine related concerns connected to online freedom of expression and fears around more generalised and far reaching web censorship.

For a considered overview of the important issues in online child protection do join us at this special discussion chaired by Diana Johnson MP.

More details: dpa@dpalliance.org.uk

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