UKSIC partners announced as members of the UKCIS board

06 Nov 2018 Becca Cawthorne

Last week the Government announced the full list of organisations that will sit on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Internet Safety (formerly the UK Council for Child Internet Safety).

The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) has an expanded scope to improve online safety for everyone in the UK.

The role of the board

UK Safer Internet Centre partners Childnet and the IWF were announced as members of the executive board which also includes organisations such as Apple, the BBC, the Children’s Commissioner, Facebook, and Google

The role of UKCIS is to harness the expertise of these organisations, allowing them to collaborate and coordinate a UK wide approach to online safety.

Earlier in 2018 the UK Government committed to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online, and the UKCIS board will play a role in ensuring this happens.

Priority areas of focus for UKCIS will include;

  • cyberbullying and sexual exploitation
  • radicalisation and extremism
  • violence against women and girls
  • hate crime and hate speech
  • forms of discrimination against groups protected under the Equality Act, for example on the basis of disability or race.

Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries said:

‘Only through collaborative action will the UK be the safest place to be online. By bringing together a wealth of expertise from a wide range of fields, UKCIS can be an example to the world on how we can work together to face the challenges of the digital revolution in an effective and responsible way.’

Will Gardner, Childnet CEO and director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, said:

‘We are delighted that ​Childnet has been announced as a member of the UKCIS Executive Board, and to be able to represent the UK Safer Internet Centre and the voice of young people in the UK. By being a part of the UKCIS board and collaborating with the other members, we hope we can inspire positive change online.’

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