On 3rd February 2021 the All-Party Groups for Compassionate Politics and Digital Regulation and Responsibility co-hosted a parliamentary on online abuse - why we need to address it and how that can be done using the upcoming government's Online Harms Bill.
The event was Chaired by Debbie Abrahams MP - Co-Chair of the APPG for Compassionate Politics and MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth - and closed by Jeremy Wright MP, Chair of the APPG for Digital Regulation and Responsibility. Panelists were:
- Seyi Akiwowo, Director of Glitch
- Joe Mulhall, Senior Researcher at HOPE not hate
- Siobhan Baillie, MP for Stroud
- Rosie Duffield, MP for Canterbury.
You can watch clips of each of the speakers and the full session below.
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Introduction: Debbie Abrahams MP
Seyi Akiwowo: What do we know about online abuse, what is the Online Harms Bill, and what should it contain?
Joe Mulhall: how does the far-right use social media to spread hate and what can the Online Harms Bill do about it?
Siobhan Baillie MP: what kind of abuse do MPs face and why do we need to address the issue of anonymous accounts in the Online Harms Bill?
Rosie Duffield MP: why online abuse is undermining our democracy and how we can create a safer space for all communities online.
Jeremy Wright MP: how politicians and civil society can, going forwards, work together to make the Online Harms Bill effective in tackling online abuse.
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