Will the UK be the "Safest" Place in the World to Go Online? (And do we want it to be?)

Hosted by the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building


Professor Madeleine de Cock Buning

Professor Madeleine de Cock Buning

Professor Robin Mansell

Professor Robin Mansell

Dr Victor Pickard

Dr Victor Pickard


Professor Sonia Livingstone

Professor Sonia Livingstone

A year after the report of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology, the panel will discuss how ideas about regulating social media and other online services have developed in the UK and internationally, interrogating the UK government’s assertion that Britain will become the ‘safest’ place in the world to be online.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

Madeleine de Cock Buning is Professor of Media and Communications Law at the University of Utrecht and Professor of Digital Politics, Economy and Societies at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute. Her research focuses on the regulation and governance of digital disruptive digital technology. She is Honorary Justice to the Court of Appeal in The Hague, and was chair of the EU High-Level Expert Group on fake news and disinformation established by the European Commission in 2018. She was arbitrator at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO/UN) and chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Regulatory Authority to the Media in the Netherlands.

Robin Mansell (@REMVAN) is Professor of New Media and the Internet in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE. Her research and teaching focus on media and communications regulation and policy, internet governance, privacy and surveillance, digital platforms, the socio-technical features of data and information systems, and the social, political and economic impacts of innovation in digital networks and applications.Victor Pickard is Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Victor Pickard (@VWPickard) is Associate Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the history and political economy of media institutions, media activism, and the politics and normative foundations of media policy. Previously he taught at New York University in the media, culture, and communication department, and worked on media policy in Washington, DC as a Senior Research Fellow at the media reform organization Free Press and the think tank the New America Foundation.

Sonia Livingstone (@Livingstone_S) is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE and Chair of the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission. She has published twenty books on media audiences, media literacy and media regulation, with a particular focus on the opportunities and risks of digital media use in the everyday lives of children and young people.

The Department of Media and Communications (@MediaLSE) is a world-leading centre for education and research in communication and media studies at the heart of LSE’s academic community in central London. We are ranked #1 in the UK and #3 globally in our field (2018 QS World University Rankings).

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