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The House of Lords has recently debated the Online Safety Bill which would establish a regulatory framework for certain online services. These include user-to-user services, such as Facebook, and search services, such as Google. 

The government’s aim in introducing the bill is ‘to make Britain the best place in the world to set up and run a digital business, while simultaneously ensuring that Britain is the safest place in the world to be online.’

The ILPC is delighted to be co-hosting with Dr Edina Harbinja (Aston University) this international and multi-disciplinary in-person seminar brings together experts from across academia, policymaking, and civil society, who will critically examine and discuss recent developments to the proposed Online Safety Bill. Panels will address the development and future of these developments for regulation, policymaking, and governance within the UK and internationally.

Key speakers include:

• Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE (House of Lords)

• Professor Paul Bernal (UEA)

• Dr Martin Husovec (LSE)

• Mark Johnson (Big Brother Watch)

• Graham Smith (Bird & Bird)

• Dr Michael Veale (UCL)

• Professor Lorna Woods OBE (University of Essex)

• Matthew Feeney (Centre for Policy Studies)


Dr Nóra Ní Loideain
Director and Senior Lecturer in Law
Information Law & Policy Centre 
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

This event forms part of the ILPC Seminar Series on AI and the Humanities: Transforming Society. These seminars explore the societal impacts of AI-based technologies and systems and the role of the humanities and social sciences in providing key insights and enabling an open dialogue on these important and complex issues with the public. 

Download Programme (pdf)


This event is free to attend, but advance booking is required.