Virtual Roundtable: Exploring Policy Issues in the UK’s Proposals to Tackle Online Harm

Research event Invitation only
8 June 2020 — 9:00AM TO 12:00PM

In April 2019, the UK government published an Online Harms White Paper that set out proposals to tackle online harm, including through the establishment of an independent regulator to hold tech companies to account. The government published an interim response to its consultation on the proposals in February 2020, and is due to publish a full response later this year.

This online roundtable will be an opportunity for experts to debate two of the more challenging issues involved in the UK’s online harms proposals, prior to the government’s publication of a full response. How should harmful online content be tackled through a regulatory framework, including extremist material and content that is harmful to children? And how should the regulatory framework define and protect media freedoms?

This invite-only event will bring together a diverse range of experts from civil society, the tech sector, academia and government.


Sarah Connolly, Director, Security and Online Harms Team, DCMS

Orla Macrae, Deputy Director, Online Harms, DCMS

Katie Morris, Head, Online Harms Regulatory Framework, DCMS

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute, University of Oxford

Ben Scott, Executive Director, Reset; Adviser, Policy and Advocacy Adviser, Luminate



Kate Jones, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House

Harriet Moynihan, Senior Research Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House

Emily Taylor, Associate Fellow, International Security Department, Chatham House

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