Pursue technological solutions to online safety
Last updated: 08:43pm 11 December 2019
Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.79
Where technology can find a solution, we will pursue it.
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.
- Push internet companies to remove terrorist propaganda
- Push internet companies to help smaller companies build their counter terrorism capabilities
- Push internet companies to provide support for civil society organisations
- Be the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet
- Lead a global effort to close down online spaces for those who abuse children
- Lead a global effort to close down online spaces for those who incite violence
- Work to prevent terrorists from having a safe space to communicate online
- Protect those who need more protections online
- Put responsibility on industry not to direct users to sources of harm online
- Give online consumers the same protections as on the high street
- A consistent approach to regulation of online and offline media
- Introduce new protections for minors
- Bring forward a new data protection law
- Protect intellectual property when we leave the EU
- Bolster the response to cyber threats
- Strengthen cyber security standards for government and public services
- Ensure organisations and users are protected from cyber risks
- Continue with our £1.9 billion investment in cyber security
- Build on the establishment of the National Cyber Security Centre
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