ONLINE HARMS

The Conservative government is working to make the UK to be the safest place in the world to go online, and the best place to start and grow a digital business. A white paper and consultation has been launched seeking individuals and businesses to get involved.

My gran is very clear that she is ’not having that internet in her house’ and she gets by just fine. However, for most of us, the internet features regularly in our daily lives. From using our phones looking at social media, news, shopping or trying to find the location of an event, to relying on the internet for work and to earn a living.

Much of our internet use is harmless, even life enhancing in many ways. Yet when online platforms are used as a tool for abuse and bullying, it can be debilitating for the victim with extremely long lasting effects. Some illegal online content and activity can threaten our national security or the physical safety of our children. This is unacceptable. Further, I do not think that anybody can read the testimonies of parents who have lost children to poor online activity and not want to see some change.

The white paper document is here and you will find the consultation questions from page 97 – it closes on 1st July 2019.

Alternatively, you can complete the consultation here.

No-one has established a regulatory framework to tackle online harms. The UK will be the first and continuing global leadership in the field.

This is a complex area for public policy and for lots of people, there is limited confidence in the big tech companies. For me, seeking to achieve a free, open and secure internet and retaining freedom of expression while also keeping users safe and protecting health (particularly for young people) requires many voices to get involved and action.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to express your views directly too.