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Pursue technological solutions to online safety

Last updated: 08:43pm 11 December 2019

Where technology can find a solution, we will pursue it.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.79

Our verdict

The manifesto states an aim to make the UK the “safest place to be online” and declares an intention to “protect the vulnerable and give people confidence to use the internet without fear of abuse, criminality or exposure to horrific content”. This policy promises to pursue technological solutions to achieve those ends.

This is a vast and ever-changing objective. As technology develops, online threats arise just as fast as potential defences. As such, this is not a pledge we can envisage ever being ‘done’ – the pursuit of technological solutions is endless. That said, there are a host of related policies (see below) which aim to use technology to keep citizens safer online. Click through to read our detailed verdicts for each one.

They are at varying stages of completion but, taken as a whole, the work being done towards those policies is certainly enough to warrant a status of ‘in progress’ for this promise to pursue technological solutions for online safety.

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