Parliament & Internet is an annual conference to discuss Internet policy and inform policymakers by bringing together Government, Parliamentarians, officials, business and  civil society. It is a platform where thought leaders debate important technology issues that shape legislative policy in an open forum.

This is the first year that ISPA will run this Conference, kindly hosted by Nigel Huddleston MP, the theme of the Conference is Confidence & Trust.

The Conference is now sold out!

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, Head of DEA, BBFC
  • Lord Gilbert of Panteg, Chair, Lord Communications Committee
  • Silkie Carlo, Director, Big Brother Watch
  • Katie Pettifer, Director of Government and Parliament, Ofcom
    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, Technical Director, NCSC
  • Alex Holmes, Deputy Director - Cyber Security, DCMS
  • Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair, Foreign Affairs Select Committee
  • Ruth Davis, Head of Commercial Strategy and Public Policy, BT
  • James Gray, Managing Director - Cyber and Intelligence, Raytheon
  • 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, Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation, DCMS
  • Stephen Browning, Interim Challenge Director- Next Generation Services, Innovate UK
  • Ben Taylor, CEO, Rainbird
  • Lord Broers
  • Sachin Dev Duggal, Founder and Chief Wizard,; and Stephen Nundy, Board member,
  • Chair: Darren Jones MP

    16:15-16:20 Closing Remarks: Nigel Huddleston MP

    16:20-17:00 Drinks Reception

  • Details

    20th November 2018
    10:00 am - 4:30 pm
    FREE for ISPA members
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    Portcullis House
    London, SW1A 2LW United Kingdom + Google Map