The Conference is kindly hosted by Nigel Huddleston MP.

The theme for 2018 Conference was Confidence & Trust.

Morning Programme

09:10-09:25 Registration and Coffee


09:25-09:30 Welcome and Introduction from Nigel Huddleston MP


09:30-09:50 Keynote: Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Digital Minister


09:50-11.00 Panel Session 1: Content regulation and standards

There has been a significant recent increase in debate around a wide variety of online harms, ranging from fake news and online safety to cyber bullying and radicalisation. This includes who should bear responsibility, the respective roles policymakers, industry and users should play, and whether the overall regulatory framework is fit for purpose. A Parliamentary Committee inquiry is currently investigating whether to ‘regulate the Internet’ and a Government White Paper on online harms is currently determining the scale of the challenge and what response is required.

Similar discussions are taking place around the globe after more than two decades of action from policymakers, industry, charities and others to make the online environment safer. As the UK stands at the cusp of the next regulatory phase, this panel will discuss whether the current approach is fit for purpose, the need for a new regulator to enforce standards, the role of tech in meeting harms and the role of users.


  • Murray Perkins, BBFC
  • Lord Gilbert of Panteg, Chair, Lord Communications Committee
  • Katie Pettifer, Director of Government and Parliament, Ofcom
  • Silkie Carlo, Director, Big Brother Watch
    Chair: Baroness Kidron

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


11:30-11:50 Keynote: Simon McDougall, Executive Director – Technology Policy and Innovation, ICO


11:50-13:00 Panel Session 2: Promoting and maintaining trust in secure networks

As a leading digital economy, our reliance on the Internet means that we need to have confidence and trust in the infrastructure and services we use every day. Ensuring and maintaining this trust is one of the key challenges facing all organisations in 2018, with high profile attacks becoming the norm and a new regulatory framework in place to incentivise greater protection.

Users need to know that the networks that provide critical services are safe and secure and free from interference and at the same time always-on and user-friendly. This is made more challenging as online threats and attacks continue to evolve and develop – from nation state actors, sophisticated and unsophisticated attacks from cyber criminals to disinformation campaigns and the misuse of personal data.

This part of the agenda will focus on how industry is maintaining trust and confidence in the Internet; the steps taken to protect users and the steps they can take; whether the government has put in place the right incentives and enforcement mechanisms; and will pose the question: how can cyber security most effectively maintain trust and confidence in the Internet.


  • Ian Levy, NCSC
  • Alex Holmes, DCMS
  • James Gray, Raytheon
  • Tom Tugendhat MP
  • Ruth Davis, BT
  • Chair: Sarah Champion MP


    13:00-14:00 Networking Lunch


    Afternoon Programme


    14:00 – 14:30 Keynote: Cormac Whelan, CEO, UK & Ireland, Nokia 

    sponsored by  

    14:30-15:00 Keynote and Q&A: Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport


    15:00-16:15 Panel Session 3: AI:Making the most of new technology

    The UK is ambitious about being a world leader in embracing and developing Artificial Intelligence but so are most other advanced economies across the globe. The final panel of the Parliament and Internet Conference brings together senior speakers from the policy-making, funding and business communities to discuss what needs to be done to realise the UK’s AI ambitions and reap the benefits.

    Do we have the right skills mix, do we need better broadband and infrastructure, are we sufficiently addressing the potential impact and are people prepared to accept AI and robotics into their daily lives? These are just some of the questions that will be debated on the panel.


  • Louise Pakseresht, DCMS
  • Stephen Browning, Interim Challenge Director- Next Generation Services, Innovate UK
  • Ben Taylor, CEO, Rainbird
  • Sachin Dev Duggal, Founder and Chief Wizard, & Stephen Nundy,
  • Chair: Darren Jones MP
  • 16:15-16:20 Closing Remarks: Nigel Huddleston MP


    16:20-17:00 Drinks Reception