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UK Internet Governance Forum 2018 session recordings now available

Following on from an open call for agenda items, the 2018 UK-IGF was held on Thursday 22nd November.

This year’s UK-Internet Governance Forum meeting focused on Solutions for The Digital Age.

Over 110 participants attended this annual meeting, the 11th since the first UK Internet Governance Forum in 2008, then the world’s first National IGF. Participants found that this year’s edition was the best UK IGF so far.

The UK IGF has a steering committee and secretariat. The committee members can be found here and the secretariat function is provided by Nominet, the UK’s national domain name registry.

All tweets from the day can be found at: #UKIGF18

Agenda with video recording links

9:00 – 9:30 | Registration and Welcome

Nick Wenban-Smith, General Counsel, Nominet (Chair)

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9:30 – 9:40 | Opening remarks: Russell Haworth, CEO, Nominet

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9:40 – 10:10 | Keynote speech from the Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Margot James MP

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10:10 – 10:25 | AI Explainer: The potential impact of AI on my generation, and how we can plan for the future – Kari Lawler, Founder, Youth4AI

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10:25 – 10:45 | Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:45 | Online Safety – Making the UK the safest place to be online

A goldfish bowl panel to discuss how the UK can be the safest place to be online with a focus on cyberbullying, hate speech and marginalisation.
Professor Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology, London School of Economics; Douglas White, Head of Advocacy, Carnegie Trust; David Wright, Director, UK Safer Internet Centre; Vicki Shotbolt, Founder and CEO, ParentZone; Barbora Bukovska, Senior Director of Law and Policy, London Article 19; Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive, Index on Censorship; Michael Tunks, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Internet Watch Foundation; Orla MacRae, Deputy Director, Online Harms, Security and Online Harms Directorate, DCMS

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11:45 – 12:00 | Algorithm Explainer: Ansgar Koene, Senior Research Fellow, Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham

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12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch

13:00 – 13:45 | Mapping the progress of GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018

Nick Wenban-Smith, General Counsel, Nominet (Chair); Neil Thacker, Chief Information Security Officer of EMEA, Netskope; Rosalind Goodfellow, Domestic Data Protection Team, DCMS

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13:45 – 14:20 | Countering data exploitation – In Conversation with Ailidh Callander

Ailidh Callander, Legal Officer, Privacy International; Alex Krasodomski-Jones – Demos

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14:20 – 14:40 | Afternoon break

14:40 – 15:10 | Lessons learnt from Paris and Dubai

Reflecting on the insight and debate from the global IGF in UNESCO, Paris, on 12th-14th November and the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 in Dubai.

Richard Wingfield, Legal Officer, Global Partners Digital; Mark Carvell, Head of International Online Policy, DCMS; Desiree Miloshevic, Internet Society UK Chapter Lead Team and Internet Society Board Trustee

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15:10 – 16:30 | Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things – ‘Security by Design’

Introduction by Edward Venmore-Rowland, DCMS.
Chair: Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer, The Internet Society (Chair). Panellists: Talal Rajab, Head of Programme – Cyber and National Security, Tech UK; Stephen Pattison, Vice President of Public Affairs, ARM; Eva Blum-Dumontet, Privacy Research Officer, Privacy International; Matthew Shears, Director of Cyber, Global Partners Digital and Board Member, ICANN; Joyce Hakmeh, Cyber Research Fellow, Chatham House

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16:30 – 17:00 | Sum up by Olivier Crépin-Leblond, Chair of the Internet Society UK Chapter and David Souter, Oxford Internet Institute

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Workshop on Algorithmic awareness building for User Trust in online platforms

Algorithmic awareness building for User Trust in online platforms

Time: Friday, November 30th 2018, 18:00 to 20:30 (UTC), London
Place: Cloudflare offices, 25 Lavington Street, Southwark, London (link to Google Map)


As part of the increasingly personalised service offering of online platforms, algorithmic systems such as personalised product recommendations, news feeds and search results have come to dominant the online experiences of many users. Despite the ubiquity of their application however, awareness about algorithmic systems remains very low, and often confused.

The EPSRC funded UnBias project has spent the last two years engaging with young people (13-17 years old) and industry, civil-society and academic stakeholders to better understand the needs and concerns regarding awareness of algorithmic systems and their characteristics. Based on this outcomes of this work UnBias produce a set of “Awareness Cards” that are part of an algorithmic “Fairness Toolkit” for online platforms.


This workshop will be in interactive session aimed at exploring awareness building around the use of algorithms in online platforms, through the use of the UnBias Awareness Cards. A facilitator from the UnBias team, Liz Dowthwaite, will introduce the awareness cards and invite everyone to take part in activities designed to encourage critical and civic thinking for exploring how decisions are made by algorithms, and the impact that these decisions may have on our lives and the lives of others.


  1. Welcome and Introduction (20 minutes)
  2. Small group activities using the cards
    1. Case study – based around real examples of bias (40 minutes)
    2. Exercise – Explore how bias, trust, prejudice, unfairness and discrimination operate (30 minutes)
    3. Process – Be the algorithm. Consider the inputs, steps and factors which influence an algorithm and the consequences of its decisions (30 minutes)
  3. Whole group feedback and discussion (30 minutes)

Time: Friday, November 30th 2018, 18:00 to 20:30 (UTC), London

Place: Cloudflare offices, 25 Lavington Street, Southwark, London (link to Google Map)

With thanks to:

Join us, learn more and share your views!

As this is a workshop, we regret that remote participation will not be possible.


10 participants met at the Cloudflare offices and divided into two groups to take part in the workshop. The groups first followed several examples as described in the “Example” cards, to frame the issues of bias, trust and fairness in algorithmic systems with real world examples. Each participants having been dealt with a random set of cards placed them on top of the example, whether data, rights, factors and values, explaining how that pertained to the example. A typical example would be the personalisation of data according to an individual’s preferences, but also habits, or a determination of its gender etc. The participants then looked a process cards and discussed a process from an algorithm’s point of view (“be the algorithm hiring staff”)- data gathering, factors, and how these might be framed or countered by existing rights which most people are not aware of.

This was a fascinating workshop that used this excellent deck of cards which contains a wealth of information. After 75 minutes participants had spontaneously launched into critical thinking regarding algorithms and how they might be affecting everyone in a way that was sometimes intended and sometimes not.

If there is a demand for a further workshop, we might repeat one in the New Year.

Many thanks to Cloudflare for hosting us and to Liz and Ansgar for organising this excellent workshop.

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The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?

ISOC UK has submitted a response to the House of Lords committee on Communications consultation on “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?” This follows Dr. Konstantinos Komaitis, Director of Policy Development for the Internet Society attending the House of Lords Select committee on Monday May 7th on behalf of the Internet Society UK chapter. (bio on )

Our submission and attendance followed a consultation held by the UK Chapter from the 3rd May. It can be downloaded here.

House of Lords Inquiry_ Internet Regulation – FINAL

Published on the Lords Select Communications Committee page.

Proceedings of the House of Lords evidence session was recorded and can be seen on
Tuesday 8 May 2018. Witness(es): Ms Rachel Coldicutt, Chief Executive Officer, Doteveryone Mr Julian Coles, Independent digital media policy consultant Dr Konstantinos Komaitis, Director of Policy Development, Internet Society


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The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate? Internet Society UK Chapter responds to House of Lords Inquiry

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications has recently launched an inquiry to investigate the regulation of the Internet. This inquiry seeks to take an holistic approach to the question of Internet regulation.

Questions asked are:

1. Is there a need to introduce specific regulation for the internet? Is it desirable or possible?

2. What should the legal liability of online platforms be for the content that they host?

3. How effective, fair and transparent are online platforms in moderating content that they host? What processes should be implemented for individuals who wish to reverse decisions to moderate content? Who should be responsible for overseeing this?

4. What role should users play in establishing and maintaining online community standards for content and behaviour?

5. What measures should online platforms adopt to ensure online safety and protect the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of information?

6. What information should online platforms provide to users about the use of their personal data?

7. In what ways should online platforms be more transparent about their business practices—for example in their use of algorithms?

8. What is the impact of the dominance of a small number of online platforms in certain online markets?

9. What effect will the United Kingdom leaving the European Union have on the regulation of the internet?

The deadline for submitting evidence to the inquiry is Friday 11 May 2018.

The UK Chapter is likely to submit evidence in writing, but it has also received an invitation to send a representative Witness to a Select Committee evidence session on Tuesday 8 May. After discussing the matter within the Chapter leadership and the Internet Society’s European Bureau, the Chapter will send Dr. Konstantinos Komaitis, Director of Policy Development for the Internet Society. (bio on )

A call for input was made on 3rd May 2018. Input received by Monday 7th May 2018 was reflected in the responses given on Tuesday at the House of Lords Inquiry.

Proceedings were recorded and can be seen on
Tuesday 8 May 2018. The Meeting starts at 3.30pm UK time. (UTC+1)

Witness(es): Ms Rachel Coldicutt, Chief Executive Officer, Doteveryone Mr Julian Coles, Independent digital media policy consultant Dr Konstantinos Komaitis, Director of Policy Development, Internet Society



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Joint ISOC & ISOC UK comments for DCMS “Secure by Design: Improving the cyber security of consumer Internet of Things Report”

The Chapter and the Internet Society European Bureau have sent a joint response to the consultation from the DCMS ““Secure by Design: Improving the cyber security of consumer Internet of Things Report”.

The text took form from ISOC’s long standing policy, as well as the discussions that were recently held in our joint event with IETF, the House of Lords and the Digital Policy Alliance (DPA).

Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:34:41 +0300
From: Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond

Please be so kind to find attached, the Internet Society’s comments to the consultation on UK DCMS “Secure by Design: Improving the cyber security of consumer Internet of Things Report”.

Should you have any questions about this contribution, please be so kind to contact the UK Chapter and ISOC European Bureau

Kindest regards,

Olivier Crépin-Leblond, President, Internet Society UK Chapter
Frédéric Donck, Internet Society Regional Bureau Director for Europe


View / Download the Internet Society Comment to DCMS here

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Multi-Sided Trust for Multi-Sided Platforms


This discussion being held on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM BST brings together representatives from different sectors to discuss the topic of trust on the Internet. This particular panel will focus on consumer to business trust; how users trust online services that are offered to them. Such services include, but are not limited to, online shopping, social media, online banking and search engines.

Recent developments involving Social Media makes this a particularly hot topic.


Ansgar Koene – Senior Research Fellow at Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham, researching algorithm bias


  • Catherine Miller – Director of Policy at Doteveryone, who have recently published a ‘Digital Attitudes Report’ ( )
  • Kate Green – ISOC 25 Under 25 Awardee doing research on user experience and trust in online health communities
  • Geoff Revill – Founder & Managing Director of Krowdthink Ltd, an SME/platform provider
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  • Robin Wilton – Technical Outreach for Identity and Privacy at the Internet Society
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  1. Welcome and Introduction (Ansgar Koene) (10 minutes)
  2. Round of opening Statements – including slides (30 minutes)
  3. Follow-up questions from Moderator (15 minutes)
  4. Discussion (30 minutes)
  5. Conclusions / Next Steps (5 minutes)

Topic: Multi-Sided Trust for Multi-Sided Platforms
Time: Apr 12, 2018 6:30 PM London (5:30PM UTC)

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