Internet Harm Reduction Proposal

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Author: Professor Lorna Woods, William Perrin and Maeve Walsh

Year: 2019

This updated proposal outlines a refined approach to a statutory duty of care model (first proposed in a detailed blog series), to require social media and other internet platforms to take reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable harm from arising to users.

Following engagement with a range of stakeholders, this paper sets out new or revised thinking on a number of key aspects of the approach including: the scope of services subject to regulation, the nature of harms included, penalties and the interaction of the proposal with criminal law.


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