Despite technological innovation and an increase in public understanding of dangers, the online world continues to pose hazards - from images of child abuse to trolling. These dangers are the correlation of the immense benefits provided by unimpeded communication and free speech, so any attempts to mitigate harms have to be proportionate and, where possible, avoid disadvantageous consequences.
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has decided to investigate a number of aspects of online safety that are currently raising concerns, in particular:
- How best to protect minors from accessing adult content;
- Filtering out extremist material, including images of child abuse and material intended to promote terrorism or other acts of violence;
- Preventing abusive or threatening comments on social media.
The Committee invites written evidence from those who wish to contribute to the inquiry.
Online safety - uncorrected evidence - 15 October 2013729-i | Published 21 October 2013
Evidence given by John Carr, Secretary, Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety, Claire Lilley, Senior Analyst, NSPCC, Anthony Smythe, Managing Director, BeatBullying, Susie Hargreaves, Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation, and Peter Davies, Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
Online safety - uncorrected evidence - 29 October 2013729-ii | Published 04 November 2013
Evidence given by Stella Creasy MP, Nicholas Lansman, Secretary General, Internet Services Providers’ Association, Dido Harding, Chief Executive Officer, TalkTalk Group, Hamish Macleod, Chair, Mobile Broadband Group, and Mr Jim Gamble, Independent Chair, City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board
Online Safety - uncorrected evidence - 19 November 2013 | PDF version Online Safety - uncorrected evidence - 19 November 2013 ()HC 729-iii | Published 25 November 2013
Evidence given by Simon Milner, Policy Director, UK and Ireland, Facebook, Sinéad McSweeney, Director, Public Policy, EMEA, Twitter International Company, Tony Close, Director of Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement, Ofcom, Claudio Pollack, Group Director, Content Consumer and External Affairs Group, Ofcom, Rt Hon Damian Green MP, Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims, Mr Edward Vaizey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, and Claire Perry MP, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Preventing the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood