Fri 10 Nov 23
Essex law experts who were instrumental in shaping the landmark Online Safety Act (OSA) will help bring the new laws into reality through their work with the newly formed Online Safety Act Network.
The network aims to build on the work done by Professor Lorna Woods, of Essex Law School, Maeve Walsh and Carnegie UK by coordinating and supporting civil society engagement to secure the effective implementation of the new laws.
UK media regulator Ofcom is due to implement the act in three stages, and published draft codes and guidance on Thursday, outlining the new duties given to tech firms to ensure their online platforms are safer for users.
The network will aim to provide the following support:
Professor Woods said: “We can have the best laws on the books but it all comes down to implementation and enforcement.
“That's why the network is so important.
“It is a vehicle for sharing information and analysis of Ofcom's implementation plans, and supports a range of civil society actors in getting their voices heard in this process - especially those whose contributions during the legislative process were vital to improving the Act.”
More information is available via the Network’s website.