This year’s Conference is kindly hosted by Nigel Huddleston MP.

The theme for this year’s Conference is Confidence & Trust.


  • Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP – Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
  • Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP – Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Lord Gilbert of Panteg, Chair of the Lords Communications Committee
  • Tom Tugenhadt MP, Chair Foreign Affairs Select Committee
  • Baroness Kidron
  • Sarah Champion MP
  • Simon McDougall – Executive Director, ICO
  • Cormac Whelan – CEO, Nokia UK & Ireland
  • Murray Perkins – Head of DEA, BBFC
  • Sana Khareghani – Deputy Director and Head of Office of AI, DCMS

The day will feature three themes:

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.

2. Promoting and maintaining trust in secure networksAs 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.

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.


The Conference is run by ISPA UK, the UK’s Trade Association for providers of internet services.

If you wish to participate in the Conference, please speak to our team, call us on 020 3397 3304 or email