Registration and Coffee

Welcome & Introduction

Vicky Ford MP    

09:50 – 11:00



Panel Session 1



Working together to build and deliver world class communications infrastructure

Fast, reliable connectivity is the foundation of a modern digital economy and society. At the recent General Election, broadband was a central policy issue, with radical plans for nationalisation and free broadband pitched against substantial government investment.

The UK is currently witnessing a revolution in its communications infrastructure, with a national upgrade supported by a wide range of operators entering the market on a regional and local basis. Gigabit-capable broadband will be available to millions more homes in the coming years, and Government itself is committed to accelerating nationwide rollout.

Delivering on this vision will require considerable investment from industry and a coordinated cross-Whitehall strategy to ensure that fibre deployment is appropriately facilitated and prioritised. This includes a coherent attitude across Government to reducing barriers such as wayleaves, mandating fibre to new builds and reducing business rates.

Government has set up a barrier busting unit with targeted plans to address specific challenges, alongside plans for a joined up national infrastructure strategy. In addition, significant public funding is being committed to upgrade rural and hard to reach areas. Much of this work is ongoing, and this panel will discuss this progress, whether it is enough and how far we can be considered ‘on track’ to deliver a full fibre future.

·        Kim Mears MBE, Openreach

·        Felicity Burch, Director of Digital and Innovation policy, CBI 

·        James Heath, DCMS

·        Cormac Whelan, CEO UK&I, Nokia

·        Andrew Glover, Chair, ISPA

11:15 - 11:35


Matt Warman, Minister for Digital & Broadband

11:35 – 11:50

Coffee break


11:50 – 12:10

Keynote 2

Dr Kieron O’Hara, University of Southampton, ‘Four Internets’

12:10 - 13:10

Panel Session 2






Regulating the digital world of the future

In the wake of the publication of the Online Harms White Paper in April and accompanying consultation, there has been intense debate in the UK about how to best tackle the wide range of online harms, both legal and illegal, encountered by Internet users on a daily basis. In proposing the introduction of a statutory ‘duty of care’, the White Paper places an onus on Internet companies of various kinds to take more responsibility for the content on their platforms and to tackle harm caused by activity on their services. In so doing, the White Paper raises issues about where liability should lie, what enforcement measures should be at the disposal of regulators and how to ensure that appropriate mechanisms exist to challenge decisions about content.

Navigating these issues and establishing an effective enforcement framework, whilst maintaining an environment conducive to innovation and freedom of expression, presents a significant challenge to policy-makers the world over. As a country at the forefront of online harm mitigation, other Governments will be watching developments in the UK closely as we enter a new regulatory phase. As Government publishes its eagerly awaited response to the White Paper. This panel will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed approach and the role of industry in making the Internet a safer place.

·        Chair - Lord McNally

-        Adam Kinsley, Sky

·        Vinous Ali, techUK

·        Richard Wronka, Ofcom

·        Jenny Aifa, Partner, Schillings


13.10 – 14:20

Networking Lunch

Buffet style, served in the Attlee Suite


14:20 – 14:40

Keynote 3


14:40 – 15:50



Panel Session 3



Securing networks and adapting to emerging cyber threats

The significant benefits that digital innovation can deliver can only be realised if users are able to rely on the security of networks. As cyber threats continue to emerge and develop, it is vital that UK cyber security keeps pace.

The cyber security regulatory regime has matured in recent years as seen through NIS and GDPR, and this is backed up by a national strategy and a focus on areas like skills, wider business adoption and more besides. Further Government action is anticipated through the establishment of additional requirements for telecoms providers, and the new Government will be looking at how cyber fits into future defence and security capabilities with the SDSR and the next national strategy kicking in in 2021.

While cyber security has risen up policymakers’ agenda in recent years, some of the policy debates of the big issues remain in their infancy: from managing security risks in our infrastructure to the use encryption, the role of individuals in protecting themselves and integrating cyber further into defence.

This panel will discuss where cyber security will go in the lifetime of this parliament as threats and appropriate response continue to evolve.

·        Chair – Ruth Edwards MP

·        Raytheon

·        Nihal Newman, Ofcom

·        Sneha Dawda, RUSI

More names to be added


15:50 - 16:00

Closing Remarks

Vicky Ford MP

16:00 – 17:00

Drinks Reception