Online safety and digital content oversight

Thursday, November 30, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

As the United States wrestles with the impact of online content — from children’s safety to AI deepfakes — the United Kingdom has passed a sweeping Online Safety Bill, delegating implementation to the Office of Communications (Ofcom). On November 9, Ofcom released the draft of its approach to balancing protections with free speech rights. It is the most comprehensive effort undertaken by any Western government to date.

On November 30, join the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings for an event with Ofcom Chief Executive Dame Melanie Dawes to discuss the challenges faced by liberal democracies in dealing with online content. Dame Melanie Dawes will also be joined in conversation by Frances Haugen, a data engineer and scientist who made the courageous decision to blow the whistle on Facebook’s content practices.   

Online viewers can submit questions via email to or on Twitter/X @BrookingsGov using #SafetyOnline.

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