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Online safety and online harms

Inquiry

The Sub-Committee will investigate how focus has shifted since the introduction of the Online Safety Strategy Green Paper in 2017, including concerns that the definition of harm is now too narrow and may fail to address issues such as non-state intervention in elections, racist abuse and content that contributes to self-harm and negative body image. It will also explore key omissions of the draft Bill, such as a general duty for tech companies to deal with reasonably foreseeable harms, a focus on transparency and due process mechanisms or regulatory powers to deal with urgent security threats and how any gaps can be filled before the Bill is finalised. Another focus will be on where lessons can be learnt from international efforts to regulate big tech, such as in France, Germany and Australia.

This inquiry by the House of Commons DCMS Sub-Committee is distinct from any work by the Joint Committee on the Draft Online Safety Bill, established by the House of Lords and the House of Commons on 23 July. 

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 3 September 2021.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Eighth Report - The Draft Online Safety Bill and the legal but harmful debate
Inquiry Online safety and online harms
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
HC 1039
Report
Response to this report
Fifth Special Report - The Draft Online Safety Bill and the legal but harmful debate: Government Response to the Committee’s Eighth Report
HC 1221
Special Report
Fifth Special Report - The Draft Online Safety Bill and the legal but harmful debate: Government Response to the Committee’s Eighth Report
Inquiry Online safety and online harms
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
HC 1221
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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1 February 2022
Inquiry Online safety and online harms
Witnesses Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
Oral Evidence
18 January 2022
Inquiry Online safety and online harms
Witnesses YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Meta
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
Oral Evidence
14 December 2021
Inquiry Online safety and online harms
Witnesses Julie Inman Grant (Australian e-Safety Commissioner)
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
Oral Evidence
OSH0092 - Online safety and online harms
Witnesses Professor Clare McGlynn
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
Written Evidence
OSH0091 - Online safety and online harms
Witnesses The Age Verification Providers Association
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
Written Evidence
OSH0088 - Online safety and online harms
Witnesses Internet Watch Foundation
Committees Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation
Written Evidence

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  • Email: cmscom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: (General Enquiries) 020 7219 6188 / (Media Enquiries) 020 7219 1679
  • Address: DCMS Committee (Online Harms and Disinformation), House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA