Webinar: Tackling Online Harms - A cross-sector perspective

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With the announcement of the Online Safety Bill signalling the government’s commitment to making the UK the safest place in the world to be online, WIG is delighted to invite you to hear from an expert cross-sector panel who will discuss how organisations from across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors are combatting online harms.

Join us live to:

  • Understand the steps being taken by Government to tackle harmful online content, and the regulatory framework established to support this action
  • Learn how organisations from across the sectors are working together to defend free expression
  • Gain the chance to put your questions directly to the panel during a live audience Q&A
Speakers
  • Sarah Connolly

    Director Security and Online Harms

    Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    Sarah Connolly is Director for Security and Online Harms in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Sarah joined the Department in July 2016, from the Middle East, where she was an independent consultant. Prior to that Sarah worked in the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office on a range of security and counter-terrorism policies. Sarah also served as a Senior Advisor to the US CT Ambassador. She has a MA in Human Rights and Terrorism from the University of Essex and is currently a Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge.

  • Professor Clare McGlynn QC (Hon)

    Professor of Law

    Durham University

    Professor Clare McGlynn QC (Hon) is a Professor of Law at Durham University with over twenty years’ experience working closely with politicians, policy-makers and the voluntary sector to improve criminal laws on sexual violence, pornography and intimate image abuse. She has addressed policy-makers internationally and social media organisations, including Facebook, Google and TikTok, on the harms of online abuse and the need for comprehensive legal responses. She is co-author of the largest study to date of online porn content, revealing the extent of sexually violent material on mainstream websites, as well as co-author of the recently published books Cyberflashing: recognising harms, reforming laws (2021) and Image-Based Sexual Abuse: a study on the causes and consequences of non-consensual imagery (2021). @McGlynnClare

  • Andy Burrows

    Head of Child Safety Online Policy

    NSPCC

    Andy is Head of Child Safety Online Policy at the NSPCC. He leads the charity’s policy programme on online harms regulation and its influencing activity across government, parliament, regulators and tech firms. The Society has played an influential role in campaigning for the Online Safety Bill, and securing safer online outcomes for children is one of its three main strategic objectives. Andy’s background is in consumer protection and regulated markets, working to protect the interests of vulnerable users across a range of sectors.

  • Paul Morris

    Head of Government Affairs

    Vodafone

    Paul joined Vodafone in 2011. He is responsible for Vodafone’s engagement with the UK Government, devolved administrations and elected representatives on the key policy and legislative challenges facing the company. Paul is the current Chair of the industry trade body, Mobile UK and represents Vodafone on the Shared Rural Network Oversight Board. Before joining Vodafone, Paul worked for Microsoft in a similar role. He joined the software company in 2003. Prior to joining Microsoft, he worked for the CBI, where he was Head of Parliamentary and Political Affairs and before that he worked in Parliament.

 

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