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A compilation of some initial reactions to the government’s latest Online Harms plans

The government’s full response to the Online Harms consultation, on 15th Dec, is a lengthy document, and was accompanied by two interim codes of practice and the transparency report.


It will take some time to fully analyse, but many different organisations and experts have shared initial thoughts. Here’s a compilation of some of those which we’ve found most useful so far. Other recommendations would be gratefully received!

Carnegie UK Trust: Online Harms: Initial Response


Glitch, alongside Centenary Action Group, Antisemitism Policy Trust, Carnegie UK Trust, Stonewall, HOPE Not Hate and Compassion in Politics: UK Civil Society Organisations Respond to Government’s Online Harms White Paper


Hope not Hate: Online Harms: a step in the right direction


Will Perrin (Carnegie UK Trust): Twitter thread


Maeve Walshe (Carnegie UK Trust): Twitter thread (re the debate in the House of Commons)


Andy Burrows (NSPCC): Twitter thread

Will Perrin and Lorna Woods: Britain can lead the world in reining in the tech giants if we get the details right (£)

Cyberleagle: The Online Harms edifice takes shape Open Rights Group: Online harms: Freedom of expression remains under threat Our own initial thoughts are here: First thoughts on yesterday’s announcement re: Online Harms And here are the government documents in full: Online Harms White Paper: Full government response to the consultation

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