Online harms: the good, the bad and the unclear – David Barker

22 02 2020
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.

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Online Harms Deconstructed: the Initial Consultation Response – Graham Smith

20 02 2020

The abiding impression left by the government’s Initial Response to the Online Harms White Paper Consultation is that it is half-finished. Non-conclusions and conclusions sit side by side. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Harms White Paper: The Government’s Initial Consultation Response – Cathryn Hopkins and Dan Tench

14 02 2020

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. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Harms White Paper – Some Consultation Responses [Updated3]

20 07 2019

The consultation period for the Government’s “Online Harms White Paper” closed on 1 July 2019.  The consultation website tells us that the Government is “analysing your feedback”. Read the rest of this entry »





Does UK tech policy show a lack of coordination? – Damian Tambini

13 07 2019

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. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Harms White Paper: Two comments on “harms” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

5 07 2019

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”. Read the rest of this entry »





Consultations on Online Harms and Corporate Transparency: Reminder to Readers

31 05 2019

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. Read the rest of this entry »





Tackling misinformation and disinformation online – Ashley Hurst

16 05 2019

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. Read the rest of this entry »





The Rule of Law and the Online Harms White Paper – Graham Smith

12 05 2019

Before the publication of the Online Harms White Paper on 8 April 2019 I proposed a Ten Point Rule of Law test to which it might usefully be subjected. Read the rest of this entry »





Users Behaving Badly: the Online Harms White Paper – Graham Smith

30 04 2019

On 8 April 2019, having spent the best part of a day reading the UK government’s Online Harms White Paper, I concluded that if the road to hell was paved with good intentions, this was a motorway. After full and further consideration, I have found nothing to alter that view. This is why. Read the rest of this entry »