Online Harms: what do the public think?

The future of the internet is uncertain: with competing visions on the global stage, from whether the internet should be a means of social control; the pinnacle of free-market capitalism; or a tool to enhance democracy. The UK has taken a step towards defining its vision for a safe, secure and open internet through its Online Harms White Paper – but many questions remain unanswered about people’s experiences of the online world and what they mean they want to see from regulation.

In light of this, Demos carried out polling and focus groups to capture a snapshot of public opinion on online harms – what harms are people worried about? What are their experiences online? Who do they think is responsible for taking action – and how do they want different rights balanced online?

Join us for a panel discussion from 12-1pm on 20 October with Demos and BT to discuss our findings and what this means for how we should be building – and regulating – a positive vision for the web.

Panellists include:

  • Alex Towers – Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BT (Chair)
  • Alex Krasodomski-Jones – Director of CASM, Demos
  • Ellen Judson – Senior Researcher, Demos
  • Asheem Singh – Director of Economy, RSA
  • Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP – Former Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Casey Calista – Policy Advisor, Glitch
  • Sonia Livingstone – Professor of Social Psychology, LSE