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Online Harms White Paper

The Government’s new White Paper on Online Harms is strikingly wide in both the range of harms identified, and the range of entities asked to play a part in reducing them. The White Paper envisages that harmful content could be spread through any online facility that allows individual users to share content, to find content […]

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Prevent – updated HEFCE guidance

On the recent trial run of our new course on Filtering and Monitoring we invited students to discuss the Home Office requirement to “consider the use of filters as part of their overall strategy to prevent people being drawn into terrorism“. HEFCE’s recent update of their monitoring framework for Higher Education providers in England asks […]

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Prevent: What’s The Role of Technology?

Roughly what I said in my Digifest presentation yesterday Since the Prevent duty, to help those at risk of radicalisation, was applied to universities and colleges there has been a lot of discussion of what role technology can play. The first thing to note is that, although there is a section on “IT Policies” in […]

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HEFCE monitoring framework for Prevent

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), as the body given responsibility by the Home Office for monitoring compliance with the Prevent duty in the higher education sector in England, has now announced how it will perform this responsibility. Full details can be found at the links to the HEFCE website below: the following […]

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Prevent Duty for FE/HE now in force

[Updated to include UCISA Model Regulations] After short debates in the Houses of Commons and Lords the legal duties on universities and colleges to address risks of radicalisation came into force on 18th September. The Government’s guidance is unchanged from the drafts published in July. In last week’s debates the Government again stressed that measures […]

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Prevent Duty for FE/HE: Current position (July 2015)

With Parliament now on its summer break, the legal position under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 is unlikely to change till September. That makes this a good time for HE and FE providers in England, Wales and Scotland (the duty doesn’t cover Northern Ireland – see s51(1)) to review the guidance that has been […]

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Extremism Guidance for Universities and Colleges

The Government has published its proposed guidance to universities, colleges and other specified authorities on what they will be expected to do to satisfy their duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This guidance may not become law […]

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Preparing for Prevent

While we’re still awaiting the announcement of the date when universities and colleges will have a legal duty to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”, there’s probably enough information available in the published guidance for organisations to start reviewing whether their current practice is likely to be […]

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Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which received Royal Assent last week, has some network-related provisions among its various powers relating to terrorism. Section 21 adds further “relevant internet data” to the list of information that public telecommunications operators may be required to retain about the use of their networks and systems. Although in Parliament […]