Understanding the UK Online Safety Bill
“The draft Online Safety Bill delivers the government’s manifesto commitment to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online while defending free expression.”
This draft legislation gives effect to the policy approach outlined in the February 2020 and December 2020 government responses.
The above Statement was posted on the UK Government Web site on 12 May 2021 – and the draft Bill is published there: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/draft-online-safety-bill
The Bill contains several proposals including some suggesting that Encryption should be weakened through various methods. This has generated much pushback from UK entities and the Internet Society has drafted an online letter to members of the UK Parliament, co-signed by dozens of organisations, that “End-to-End Encryption keeps us safe”. This letter will be published shortly.
This Webinar and Roundtable with esteemed panellists will explore the more controversial aspects of the Online Safety Bill and why there is so much pushback to some of its articles.
Everyone is invited to join for free but please register in advance.
When: Thursday 10 June, 2021 16:00-17:30 London
1. Welcome & Introduction (Olivier Crépin-Leblond)
2. Brief presentation of the Proposed Bill — Heather Burns – Open Rights Group
– Richard Allan – https://www.ricallan.uk/ and Blog posting on https://www.regulate.tech/uk-draft-online-safety-bill-24th-may-2021/
– Robin Wilton – Internet Society
– Chris Yapp – linkedin.com/in/chris-yapp-b626522
4. Open discussion
5. Next Steps