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Online Safety Bill – Legal But Harmful, a Matter for Duffers, Caesar or Ui – 12th May 2022

7 min read — There is a lot of critical commentary about the fact that the UK Online Safety Bill includes regulation of content that is ‘legal but harmful’. A common refrain is ‘well if the content is really harmful, it should be made illegal, but if it is not harmful enough to be…

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Online Safety Bill, an opt-in model for identity verification – 19th April 2022

11 min read — We have heard calls from various quarters for people to have to verify their identities before being able to post content on social media. In this post I will look at how this debate is reflected in the published text of the UK Online Safety Bill. First, to set some…

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Online Safety Bill – on Age Verification – 8th April 2022

10 min read — It is common for people to propose that online services should be required to verify their users’ ages in the interests of improving safety for children. Other people argue that online services should collect the minimum possible amount of information and they have concerns about the implications of introducing systems…