Regulating (abuse on) Social media: a new approach?
IIC UK CHAPTER EVENT
tuesday, 11 dec 2018
hosted by the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)
Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5DR
The potential for the Internet to cause harm has been the subject of much political consideration in the UK recently, and the abuse of people through the misuse of social media is one of today’s great challenges. Just as in ‘real life’, combatting this type of abuse online is not straightforward, and involves a difficult task in balancing rights, including the right to freedom of expression.
Crucially, the political and public pressure to regulate in this area is very real – with a UK Government White Paper on online safety promised for 2019. A number of approaches are emerging internationally, such as the European Commission’s approach to reducing hate speech.
In order to consider how harm on social media might be reduced while respecting fundamental human rights, panellists will explore an evolution towards a functioning, common sense policy and regulatory approach. The discussion will consider a number of current questions and suggestions, and will ask if additional legislation is necessary, or is there a place for self- or co-regulation, or both?
Early Career Researcher, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Associate Professor, Research Director and Programme Director in the Department of Media and Communications, LSE
Executive Director at Open Rights Group
Professor of Media Law, Essex University
Director of Public Policy, EMEA, Snap Inc.
Trustee, Carnegie UK Trust