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Catch22 Event: Online Harms Research and Interim Findings

Join industry experts, researchers and policy makers to discuss and debate the latest on online harms - including interim findings from Catch22's research on young peoples' perspectives of social media, acceptable use, and the enforcement challenges faced in the UK and overseas.  

26 November 2020

Wednesday 9th December, 202010am GMT

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Ongoing discussions surrounding the UK Government’s Online Harms Bill, the Age Appropriate Design Code produced by the Information Commissioner’s Office, and investigations conducted by the Children’s Commissioner of England and Wales and other organisations, have shone attention directly onto the existing processes of content regulation, age verification and industry responsibility.

Across Catch22’s services, the issue of online harms is exponentially increasing. Since COVID-19, children and young people have not just wanted to be online, they have relied on the online world for both social and educational purposes. Social media brings opportunities as well as risks (see our report on social media being a recognised catalyst for youth violence), but Catch22’s frontline practitioners are acutely aware of young people being confined at home without the same supervision they would usually encounter.

In June 2020, the Catch22 Online Harms Consultation gathered insights from young social media users, tech platforms, youth services and experienced youth workers, on how violence and exploitation are occurring as a result of online behaviour, and whether services are, or are not, prepared in addressing and preventing online harms. 

This Consultation has been followed by an ongoing Catch22 Online Harms and Regulation research project led by Dr Faith Gordon at the Australian National University, reviewing young peoples’ experiences of online harms, how acceptable use policies differ between platforms, and the challenges for enforcement here and overseas for any future regulation.  

This webinar brings together expertise to consider: 

  • The experiences and concerns of children and young people for any future regulation of social media 
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the types of online harm and levels of victimisation, as well as the support currently available 
  • The Legislative proposals in the United Kingdom and learningfrom other jurisdictions who have implemented changes. 

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Victims Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird

Appointed on 24 June 2019 for a three-year term, Dame Vera is responsible for championing the interests of crime victims and witnesses and reviewing the operation of the Victims Code of Practice (the Code). As Commissioner, she regularly meets heads of Criminal Justice agencies, Ministers, Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners, victim organisations, Parliamentarians and voluntary groups. She will undertake reviews into victim services and report on how agencies are complying with the Code.

Dame Vera is the former Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria (2012-19).
She previously spent much of her working life as a criminal barrister. She was called to the Bar in 1975 and took silk in 2000. She served as Labour MP for Redcar from 2001 to 2010. She was a Government Minister from 2006 to 2010 and Solicitor General from 2007 to 2010, where she was closely involved in criminal justice policy and legislation and is particularly proud of her role in taking the Equalities Act 2010 through its House of Commons stages.

In 2017 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to women and equality.

David Jordan Khanu

Jordan is a member of the Young Peoples’ Advisory Panel for the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit, working to make London a safer place for future generations. He has been heavily involved in the Catch22 research project, helping to shape the research questions for interviewees, as well as feeding into the workshops. Jordan is currently studying his A-levels in Business, Physical Education and Psychology, and aspires to be a role model for future generations, helping other young people achieve their dreams. 

Dr Faith Gordon  

With a background in both law and criminology, Dr Faith Gordon is leading Catch22’s current research into children and young people’s experience of social media, online harms, and the challenges facing law enforcement professionals. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the ANU College of Law, the Australian National University, with ongoing positions at the University of London’s Information Law and Technology Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies London and at the University of Westminster. She has written a book discussing mainstream media, regulation and children and has written a number of peer-reviewed articles exploring the impact of online harms on young people in conflict with the law, children’s rights and regulatory frameworks. Faith has been active in assisting in major legal cases advocating for children and young people in relation to social media companies, release of imagery and mainstream media.

Lorna Woods OBE

Lorna Woods is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Essex and a member of the Human Rights Centre there. She teaches internet and data protection law and copyright law and has also taught media law, competition law and EU law. She started her career as a practising solicitor in a technology, media and telecommunications practice and has extensive experience in the field of media policy and communications regulation, including data protection, social media and the Internet, and she has published widely in this area. Her current work with Carnegie UK Trust is on the development of a statutory duty of care for online harm reduction and she was awarded an OBE in 2020 in recognition of her work.   

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