Policy & Regulation

Academic Leads: Asma Vranaki, Madeline Carr

Protecting citizens online is a tangled and complex policy issue that produces highly contested ideas at both domestic and international levels regarding rights, privacy, responsibility, liability, legality and effectiveness of interventions. This strand will engage closely with current work streams within DCMS / Home Office, and also international initiatives, on policy & regulatory responses to online harms. We will convene academics and practitioners from law, economics, public policy, human rights, international relations, law enforcement, software/hardware design, international standards as well as citizens’ juries for the purpose.

The Policy and Regulation team have conducted a number of important community consultations and responded to calls for evidence, producing a series of documents with expert input from the REPHRAIN community, which can be found below. This list is updated regularly, so please check back for further updates.

Making Sense of the Twitter Takeover
Call for Evidence: Connected tech: smart or sinister?

DCMS consultation: Security and Privacy settings in Apps and App Stores
Call for evidence: Misinformation and trusted voices
Call for evidence: First phase of online safety regulation
Home Office consultation: Unauthorised access to online accounts and personal data
Call for Papers by the All-Party Parliamentary Group – REPHRAIN Response
REPHRAIN White Paper: Metaverse and Web 3.0
Towards a Research Agenda: Tackling violence against women and girls online

Collaborative efforts can be found here.