Fred Langford is Director of Trust and Safety Technology at the UK Communications Regulator Ofcom, a Visiting Professor at University of Suffolk, Visiting Professional Fellow at Aston University, member of the REPHRAIN (Bristol University) and INHOPE (International Hotline Association) Advisory Boards. Fred is also a Non-Exec Director of the Video Standards Council.
Prior to joining Ofcom, Fred was Deputy CEO/CTO of Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and President of INHOPE (International Hotline Association) with his focus being on Internet Policy/Governance, Cybersecurity, Child Protection, Trust and Safety/Safeguarding Technologies, online crime prevention and effective regulation. His practical work was developing data sets for industry to implement into their architectures to reduce the risk of illegal content.
Fred has 30 years’ experience across a variety of sectors (Commercial, CSO’s, Military and Regulatory) and a vast amount of experience across a multitude of technologies. Fred is a Board Member of the Video Standards Council which sets PEGI ratings in the UK, Former Chair of the UK Council for Internet Safety, Technical Working Group (UKCIS TWG), Board Member of the UK Home Office Child Abuse Image Database Strategic Group, Member of the National Crime Agency (NCA) Prevent Strategic Board, a founding Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and is an expert advisor to UK and other Governments, Parliamentarians, The Commonwealth, Police and NGOs.