Events Policy Project

Webinar on a Policy Framework for an Open and Trusted Internet

(Links to the Recording at the bottom of the page)

In preparation for the European Chapters meeting (22-23 February 2017) we will have a 90 minutes Webinar / Conference call on Tuesday 14 February 2017 from 6pm to collect input from participants about the ways in which ISOC UK can/should engage with the theme of User Trust.

In June 2016 ISOC published a working paper “A policy framework for an open and trusted Internet” outlining the four interrelated dimension to be considered when developing policies for the internet.

The aim of the European Chapters meeting is to build on this and identify specific areas related to User Trust that ISOC should prioritise and focus on when engaging with policy maker to build a trusted Internet.

The specific discussions around User Trust that have been proposed for the meeting are:

  • Ethical data handling
  • Privacy
  • Data breaches
  • Examples of collaborative security in action
  • Internet of Things – implications for security, privacy, control (who control which aspect of the device: user vs. service provider), liability in case of problems, longevity (e.g. devices embedded in infrastructure)
  • Digital Literacy – the need for people to understand basic aspects of how the internet, and digital services, work in order to: improve cybersecurity; be able to give informed consent to personal data usage; understand the implications of proposed legislation (e.g. snoopers charter); …
  • User generated content moderation – how to approach the issues related to fake news and editorial responsibility
  • An overview of the situation in Russia

Other areas of User Trust that might be especially relevant for ISOC UK could be:

  • Government surveillance powers (implications and legal challenges to the Investigative Powers Act)
  • The impact of nation-first, anti-globalization movement (Brexit)
  • Governance of the platform economy (e.g. Uber, Deliveroo), i.e. classification as ‘tech’ company to avoid regulations

Which areas should we prioritize? The chapters meeting is only one and a half days long so time is limited.

Looking beyond the European Chapters meeting, what kind of follow-up activities should ISOC UK pursue, e.g. digital literacy 101 for parliamentarians?

Topic: Internet Society UK and User Trust – Webinar
Time: Feb 14, 2017 6:00 PM London



  1. Welcome, housekeeping and introduction (Olivier Crépin-Leblond – 5 minutes)
  2. Summary of the Internet Society working paper “A policy framework for an open and trusted Internet” (Ansgar Koene – 20 minutes)
    1. Presentation Slide Deck: PPTX / PDF
  3. Setting the scene for the discussion – questions to participants and discussion (Olivier Crépin-Leblond – 50 minutes)
  4. Conclusions (Ansgar Koene – 10 minutes)
  5. Next Steps (Olivier Crépin-Leblond – 5 minutes)
News Policy

Role of Algorithms – the Parliamentary Science & Technology Committee should be concerned

Dr Stephanie Mathisen of Sense about Science gave evidence to the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee this morning 1st February 2017 advising transparency for algorithms that make decisions so that decisions and the process that arrived at them can be tested. She also touched on the lack of information to understand the scale and scope that algorithms are currently and proposed to be used by Government agencies and contractors.

The UnBias Project is holding a meeting on Friday in London where chapter participants will be present. The issues around algorithms form an important part of developing policies to understand and improve Trust for Internet and digital services and applications. An issue that is being explored in February at the Internet Society Chapters meeting in Amsterdam.


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Submission to the #MyScienceInquiry The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

ISOC UK have submitted a note to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee which has been published on developing the issue of Trust in relation to framing legislation.


Today, policymakers must choose which path to take in developing Internet policies. One path leads to an open and trusted Internet with the social and economic benefits it brings. The other path leads to an untrusted and increasingly closed off network that fails to drive growth. One path leads to opportunity, the other to stagnation. The key is trust.

The starting point is to contextualise the meaning of trust in any given policy to the four dimensions of trust in networks.

User trust: How and why Internet users – including government, private sector and citizens – trust the Internet.

Technologies for trust: Technical building blocks establishing and maintaining trusted networks, applications and services.

Trusted networks: The Internet’s strength is that it is an ever – evolving collection of interconnected networks with distributed ownership and control. Trust keeps the networks connected and exchanging data.

Trustworthy ecosystem: How the Internet is governed and how it deals with Internet issues.

Recent policies for Child Safety and forthcoming issues over the Internet of Things are examples where policy focus on one dimension has consequences across all four trust dimensions risking unstable law and unintended consequences.


We wish to stimulate a process for ensuring that future policies legislating trust issues related to Internet in one dimension formally consider the balancing factors across all four dimensions of Trust.


Christian de Larrinaga

Dr. Ansgar Koene

Dr. Olivier Crepin-Leblond

Desiree Miloshevic

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Invitation to participate on role of algorithms in mediating access to information

Invitation to join the UnBias project stakeholder panel

ISOC UK participants interested in the increasing role of algorithms in mediating access to information are invited to join the UnBias project stakeholder panel.

The UnBias project [] aims to develop recommendations for the regulation, design and education related to the role of algorithms in mediating access to information (e.g. search engines, recommender systems).

As part of our project we are running a series of online and offline stakeholder engagement activities. We invite stakeholders from academia, education, government, civil society, media, industry and entrepreneurs to join us in exploring the causes and remedies for unjustified/unintended algorithm bias and its impact of user trust. More details about the stakeholder engagement workshops is available at:

If you are interested in joining our stakeholder activities, please contact

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Future policy approaches to the convergence of privacy and security online

ISOC England is partnering with the UK Chapter of the International Institute of Communications (IIC) to organise a discussion to look at how best policymakers should approach privacy and security on the Internet, considering the increasing ‘convergence’ between these two areas, especially when it comes to the Internet.

Join our speakers to discuss these issues on: 14 JULY 2016

Location:TechUK, 10 St Bride Street London EC4A 4AD

From 17:30-20:00 (Prompt start 18:00)

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Coordinating Partner, EMEA Communications Law; Co-Chair, Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity; Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP; Director, International Institute of Communications.See profile

Confirmed speakers


  • OLIVIER CREPIN-LEBLOND Chair of the Internet Society, England Chapter and Chair of European At-Large Organisation (EURALO) at ICANN
  • RENAUD DI FRANCESCO Director, Europe Technology Standards Office at Sony Europe
  • CHARLOTTE HOLLOWAY Associate Director of Policy at techUK
  • ROBIN WILTON Technical outreach for identity and privacy at ISOC

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Join our speakers to discuss these issues on 14th July 2016. This meeting, organised jointly with ISOC England, and IIC can be attended for free.

We hope to see many members and non-members at our UK Chapter meeting.


We look forward to seeing those who have already registered and we hope you will join us on 14th July 2016.


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Home Office push the IP Bill to avoid national debate

March 1st 2015 – Home Office is pushing ahead with the IP Bill without needed national debate

Despite three key Parliamentary committees demanding very significant changes to the draft IP Bill and calling for more time for a national debate can take place. The Home Office today published a largely identical draft Bill and a timetable that is clearly designed to stifle debate even within Parliament.

A number of participants in the Internet Society community are included in the signatories to a letter in The Telegraph today calling for a delay until 2017.