What we do


Clean up the Internet is an, independent, UK-based organisation concerned about the degradation in online discourse and its implications for democracy. 

We campaign for government and tech industry action, to increase civility and respect online, and to reduce online bullying, trolling, intimidation, and misinformation.


Who we are

Stephen Kinsella OBE is founder of Clean Up the Internet. He is a competition lawyer with a longstanding interest in human rights, digital technology, and democracy.


You can read more about how he came to found the organisation here

Robert McLeod is co-founder of Clean up the Internet. He has a background in financial journalism, and is founder and chair of MLex, an independent media organisation providing market insight, analysis, and commentary on regulatory risk. His desire to see action to improve online discourse is informed by both his experience as a journalist and his expertise in the field of regulation.

You can read more about how he came to help found Clean up the Internet here

David Babbs is lead consultant on the project, responsible for producing strategy, research, and campaigns. 

David Babbs is a campaigner and political strategist. He was previously the founding Executive Director of 38 Degrees, an organisation that used digital technology and social media to involve millions of people in the political process.

Advisory Board

Clean up the Internet is hugely grateful for the continued input and expertise of our network of advisors:

Professor Andrew Chadwick

Professor of Political Communication, Director, Online Civic Culture Centre (O3C), Loughborough University. http://www.andrewchadwick.com.

Cori Crider

Lawyer, investigator, writer, focused on the national security state and the social justice implications of technological change. Founder and director at foxglove.org.uk.

Chris Blackhurst
Journalist and communications adviser. Former Editor of The Independent, and former City Editor of the Evening Standard.

Mike Butcher
Editor-at-large for TechCrunch. Co-founder of The Pathfounder magazine and editorial events series, The Europas Awards, TechForUK, TechVets, Techfugees and TechHub.

Emma Rose

Founder and head of Unchecked.uk, which campaigns for effective regulation and enforcement in the UK. 

Areeq Chowdhury

Founder of WebRoots Democracy, a think tank focused on the intersection of technology and democratic participation, and Head of Think Tank at Future Advocacy.

Professor Cristian Vaccari
Professor of Political Communication, Loughborough University, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics, www.cristianvaccari.com.

Taniel Yusef

Actor and activist, focused on human rights and technology.

Alex Krasadomski Jones
Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos https://demos.co.uk/research-area/casm/.

Emeka Forbes
Policy and Public Affairs lead for London for Barnado's, a children's charity that protects, supports and nurtures the UK's most vulnerable children.


How we are funded


Clean up the Internet is funded by the Laura Kinsella Foundation.

Clean Up the Internet is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. Our registered company number is 11879689. We are committed to transparency and will continue to publish information on who is involved and how we are funded as the project develops.

Please get in touch if you've got any questions.

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Contact us


07340 515932

Clean up the Internet, 10 Queen St Pl, London, United Kingdom, EC4R 1BE


©2020 Clean Up The Internet.