This year’s Parliament & Internet Conference is taking place on Tuesday 21st November. The Conference, now in its twelfth year, will be hosted by Nigel Huddleston MP. It brings together leading figures from Government, Parliament, academia and industry to discuss and debate the most pressing policy issues facing the internet.

This year’s programme will include high profile keynote speeches, panel debates with senior parliamentarians and industry figures, networking lunch and interactive presentations.

The following speakers have been confirmed to participate in this year’s P&I Conference:

  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital
  • Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Minister of State for Security at the Home Office
  • Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Digital Minister
  • Ciaran Martin, National Cyber Security Centre Chief Executive
  • Cormac Whelan, CEO, Nokia

The Conference will cover a range of policy matters, including the cyber threats to the critical national infrastructure, the connectivity challenges ahead (including fibre rollout and future 5G deployment), as well as the proposed Digital Charter.

The panel sessions:

Cyber Security – How prepared is the UK’s critical national infrastructure?

The issue of cyber security has risen dramatically up the political agenda in the past few years. In the aftermath of high profile attacks this panel seeks to assess the readiness of the UK’s critical national infrastructure and wider public sector for future attacks. The panel will explore the challenges facing both Government and industry, the steps being taken to counter the numerous threats and the considerations the wider public and private sector should consider to stay one step ahead.

Chair: Rachel Maclean MP

Internet Safety

Across the world, abusive behaviour, cyber fraud, online radicalisation, illegal activity and fake news have all been growing policy issues for politicians that has put the Internet industry under pressure to respond. The recent release of the Internet Safety Strategy green paper in the UK, forming part of the Digital Charter, is one of the many measures the Government has introduced in an attempt to readdress areas of online policy. The panel will discuss the current Government approach on whether it is heading in the right direction, the areas of contention and whether the industry is taking a significant amount of responsibility in this area.

Chair: Lord McNally

Connectivity

Broadband infrastructure has been identified as a key driver to encourage economic growth, help resolve the country’s productivity challenge and ensure the UK remains an attractive place to do business in a post-Brexit environment.  The roll out of full fibre is perceived as the main Government priority. Almost a year after major announcements in the last Autumn Statement, this panel will discuss the progress in proposals, areas of contention and potential policy proposals to achieve the full coverage that both industry and politicians desire.

Chair: Rt Hon Ed Vaizey MP

There are still a few opportunities to sponsor the Conference and shape the agenda, please contact team@parliamentandinternet.org.uk for more information.

Logistical instructions and the full programme will be sent to all registered attendees via email in the weeks prior to the Conference.

Whilst free to attend, the Conference is strictly invite-only.