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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Freedom of expression online

Communications and Digital Committee
Freedom of expression online

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Start times: 3.00pm (private) 3.00pm (public)


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Caroline Dinenage MP, Google and Microsoft discuss freedom of expression online

As part of its inquiry into freedom of expression online, the Committee hears from Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister for Digital and Culture, at the Department for Digital, Culture Media, and Sport; and Katie O’Donovan, UK Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google and Becky Foreman, UK Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft.

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
Minister of State for Digital and Culture at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Director for Security and Online Harms at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Freedom of expression online
UK Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google
UK Corporate Affairs Director at Microsoft

Likely questions and areas for discussion with Caroline Dinenage MP include:

  • When will the Digital Markets Unit be given statutory powers?
  • What plans does the Government have to promote digital citizenship through education and awareness-raising, both among children and adults?
  • The Government has said that the Online Safety Bill will contain “robust protections for journalistic content”. From what does the Government think journalists need to be protected?
  • Is the Government concerned that the proposed global reach of the Online Safety Bill will lead to some smaller companies blocking access to their platforms from the UK?

Likely questions and areas for discussion with Google and Microsoft include:

  • How does your business model shape the design of your search algorithms?
  • Should there be mandatory bargaining between platforms and publishers?
  • Why does Microsoft take a different view from Google on the mandatory news bargaining code?
  • What are the best means of promoting digital citizenship among adults?

Further information

Location

Virtual meeting