The agenda


09:00 – 09.15

Registration and Coffee

09:15 – 09:25

Welcome & Introduction

Nigel Huddleston MP       

09:30 – 09:50

Keynote 1

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP
Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy

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 and 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, Head of DEA, BBFC

         Silkie Carlo, Director, Big Brother Watch

·         Lord Gilbert of Panteg, Chair, Lords Communications Committee

·         Baroness Kidron (Chair)


11:00  – 11:20

Coffee break



11:20 – 11:40

Keynote 2

Simon McDougall, Executive Director – Technology Policy and Innovation, ICO

11:40– 12:50

Panel Session 2

Promoting and maintaining trust in 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 they 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, Technical Director, NCSC

·         Alex Holmes, Deputy Director, Cyber Security, DCMS

·         Tom Tugendhat, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, MP

·         Ruth Davis, Head of Commercial Strategy & Public Policy, BT

·         Sarah Champion, MP (Chair)

12.50 – 14:10

Networking Lunch

Buffet style, served in the Attlee Suite, including coffee


14:10 – 14:30

Keynote Presentation sponsored by

Cormac Whelan, CEO UK & Ireland, Nokia

14:30 – 15:00

 Keynote and Q&A

Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, Digital Secretary


15:00 – 16:15



Panel Session 3


Making the most of the AI opportunity

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.


·         Sana Khareghani, Deputy Director, AI, DCMS

·         Stephen Browning, Interim Challenge Director- Next Generation Services, Innovate UK

·         Ben Taylor, CEO, Rainbird

·         Sachin Dev Duggal, CEO,

·         Darren Jones, MP (Chair)

16:15 – 16:25

Closing Remarks

Nigel Huddleston MP

16:25 – 17:00

Drinks Reception