The UK government has announced the names of those organisations that will sit on the Executive Board of the new UK Council for Internet Safety. The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) replaces the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), with an expanded scope to improve online safety for all UK citizens.
The Executive Board contains expertise from a range of organisations in the tech industry, civil society and public sector. UKCIS has been established to allow these organisations to collaborate and coordinate a UK-wide approach to online safety. The council will contribute to the Government’s commitment to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online. It will also help to inform the development of the forthcoming Online Harms White Paper.
The UKCIS Executive Board consists of the following organisations:
- The BBC
- The Children’s Commissioner
- The Commission for Countering Extremism
- End Violence Against Women Coalition
- The Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime
- Internet Matters
- The Internet Watch Foundation
- Internet Service Providers and Mobile Operators (rotating between BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Three, Virgin Media, Vodafone)
- The National Police Chiefs’ Council
- The National Crime Agency – CEOP Command
- The Northern Ireland Executive
- The NSPCC
- The Scottish Government
- UKCIS Evidence Group Chair
- The Welsh Assembly
Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries commented: “Only through collaborative action will the UK be the safest place to be online. By bringing together a wealth of expertise from a wide range of fields, UKCIS can be an example to the world on how we can work together to face the challenges of the digital revolution in an effective and responsible way.”
Priority areas of focus will include online harms experienced by children such as cyberbullying and sexual exploitation; radicalisation and extremism; violence against women and girls; hate crime and hate speech; and forms of discrimination against groups protected under the Equality Act, for example on the basis of disability or race.
CEO of Internet Matters Carolyn Bunting said: “We are delighted to sit on the Executive Board of UKCIS where we are able to represent parents needs in keeping their children safe online. Online safety demands a collaborative approach and by bringing industry together we hope we can bring about real change and help everyone benefit from the opportunities the digital world has to offer.”