When the government published its online harms white paper (OHWP) last spring we explained our view that the ideas in the white paper should represent the start of a journey towards greater regulation, rather than the final destination of that journey.
On 12 February 2020 the Government published its initial response (the “Response”) to last year’s Online Harms White Paper consultation. The Response leaves many issues concerning the regulatory and legislative structure yet to be decided (such as funding and enforcement powers), with the final policy to be published by the Government in the spring. Continue reading
It has been an extraordinarily busy year in UK tech policy. The Furman Review reported on digital competition, recommending changes to competition law and a new regulator to deal with data dominance, competition and consumer welfare. Continue reading
The Online Harms White Paper proposes to subject companies that allow users to share or discover user-generated content or interact with each other online (“platforms”) to a new “duty of care”. The intention is to make platforms take more responsibility for protecting users against a variety of “online harms”. Continue reading
There are, at present, two open Government consultations of particular interest to readers of Inforrm. These deal with “Online Harms” and with “Corporate Transparency”. Responses must be lodged before the consultation deadlines. Continue reading
This post explains why I think the Government’s White Paper on Online Harms and its so-called “duty of care” is not the answer to online disinformation and why the way forward should be focussed on technology and education. Continue reading