Home Office Minister James Brokenshire MP Confirmed for the ISPA Conference -

Minister of State for Crime and Security at the Home Office, James Brokenshire MP, has confirmed as the keynote speaker for the ISPA Conference on 9th November.

The Minister will deliver a speech underlining some of the challenges and opportunities provided by technology and how the Government proposes to meet those challenges.

This year’s Conference, now in its seventh year, will feature panel sessions and presentations from leading Ofcom, Government and industry spokespeople on topics including; the impact of the Olympics on networks; balancing ISP responsibility and freedom of expression; broadband investment; and DEA implementation. Full agenda and list of confirmed speakers can be found here.

Delegates can benefit from early bird membership by booking before Sunday 9th October. Tickets can be booked here and price includes entry to the all-day conference, lunch, refreshments and drinks at the reception.

The conference will be held at the brand new offices of K&L Gates at One New Change, near St. Pauls, London. If you are interested in speaking or sponsorship please contact admin@ispa.org.uk or call 020 7340 8741. The ISPA Conference takes place during Internet Week Europe and is sponsored by ProLabs and Netsweeper.

Netsweeper to Sponsor the ISPA Conference 

Netsweeper has confirmed as a sponsor of the ISPA Conference and will speak on the balancing ISP responsibility and freedom of expression panel session.

Netsweeper provides Internet content filtering and web threat management solutions for telcos & service providers, educational institutions, government, businesses and OEM partners around the world.

Netsweeper's filtering solutions are deployed at leading telcos and education networks with unparallelled scalability and remarkably low total cost of ownership. Through dynamic categorisation and zero-latency deployments, Netsweeper delivers a positive, productive and safe Internet experience.

For further information visit: www.netsweeper.com.

Jeremy Hunt Outlines New Communications Act

Secretary of State for Culture, Jeremy Hunt MP, outlined in a speech to the Royal Television Society the core elements of the new Communications Act this month, which included measures to prevent access to sites infringing copyright and preventing underage access to inappropriate material online.

On copyright infringement Mr Hunt said that if voluntary agreements are not made to make it more difficult to access sites that ignore the law then he would consider other options including creating a cross-industry body to identify and take action against infringing sites as well as streamlining the court process.

On preventing inappropriate access Mr Hunt welcomed UKCCIS’ activities and the work of ISPs on a parental controls code of conduct but said that he may want to go further and include an obligation on ISPs to ensure all their customers make an active choice about parental controls.

Nicholas Lansman, ISPA Secretary General said, "ISPA believes that there should be a measured and balanced approach to online copyright infringement and there should be less focus on enforcement and more on developing attractive new business models, educating users, and modernising copyright laws."

Mr Lansman continued, "ISPs already offer and promote parental control solutions as part of their service to help parents prevent their children from accessing inappropriate content online. ISPA believes that it is important that parents have a clear choice about whether any filters should be switched on or off."

Other issues in the speech included broadband competitiveness, mobile spectrum, the e-commerce directive and media plurality and regulation. The ISPA Conference on November 9th will be debating these issues in more detail and places are still available to book from the website here.

Funding for Ideas to Keep Older Adults Better Connected 

The Technology Strategy Board and Design Council are running a competition to develop innovative services that keep older adults better connected. Over the next six months they are looking to fund teams of businesses and designers to translate their ideas for a service into reality.

Ideas will be pitched for a share of £495K and the challenge is open to collaborative teams of businesses and designers, of any size and from any sector. The assessment panel will look for service ideas that are new and innovative with potential for commercial exploitation and scalability. The teams need to demonstrate a genuine understanding of the needs and wants of consumers and translate early stage ideas into viable business propositions. If successful they will have 5 months to develop their idea and be provided with professional support. To meet people and find out more, visit www.keepingconnected.co.uk.

IWF Awareness Day – 26 October 2011 

The IWF Awareness Day will take place on 26th October to help raise awareness of the work of the IWF. ISPA UK is a member of the Internet Watch Foundation, the UK internet Hotline for the public to report their inadvertent exposure to online child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world, non-photographic child sexual abuse images and criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK.

The IWF works in partnership with the wider online industry, law enforcement, government, the education sector, charities, international partners and the public to minimise the availability of content within its remit. As a result of this self-regulatory approach, less than 1% of online child sexual abuse content has apparently been hosted in the UK since 2003, down from 18% in 1997.

For more information or to report a website visit www.iwf.org.uk.

Discount for Members

In October there is discount for members on tickets to the European Ecommerce Summit 2011, Social Media & the Law, the CDN World Summit, Regulating the Media conference and WHD.local. The Convergence Summit South is free to attend and also takes place in October.

In November there is discount to Apps World Europe and NextGen 11. You can find all the information about these events and how to register for discounts in the ISPA Events Calendar.

ISPA in the News

ISPA was quoted in the news on issues including; copyright, parental controls and DEA implementation.

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