The government has announced the board for the new UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS), the new board brings together expertise from the tech industry, civil society and public sector.
The UK Council for Internet Safety will strive to achieve the UK government’s stated commitment to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online. The new organisation replaces the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) with an expanded to remit to ensure protection for all users, adults as well as children, with the stated priorities being protection against. against cyber bullying 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.
In announcing the new board, the MP for Stourbridge and Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James said;
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.
Carolyn Bunting, the CEO of the non-profit organisation Internet Matters 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.