Safety by Design – Keeping platforms safe for users

The internet is an incredible place, and has brought imeasurable good in the world, bit it’s no secret that it’s brought a great deal of harm too. Just as the variety of online benefits increases every day, so do the Online Harms. Even as we write, the UK government is set to release its Online Harms White Paper (OHWP) in which we hope it will enumerate the harms it considers to be tackled. From our research, there appears to be no widely accepted listing of harms, which makes it difficult to tackle them head on. The best we have found so far comes from Ofcom (more on that later).

So, as you may expect, we’re delighted that there are organisations that are providing real, quality advice on measures that companies can take to keep their platform safe.

Whilst not released yet, I’d encourage anyone with a social media element to their platform, or who takes User Generated Content (UGC) to follow the Australian eSafety office for their imminent release of the Safety by Design framework.

We’ll keep you posted.