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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…


UK Online Safety Bill, A Very Unofficial Explainer – 4th April 2022

13 min read — What does the Online Safety Bill do (in a nutshell)? The Bill grants the UK Government authority to give detailed instructions to some online services about how they should run their operations for UK users. These instructions will cover a broad range of issues related to content and behaviour under…