The Open Rights Group recently conducted an online roundtable to discuss the proposed Online Safety Bill. The ORG believes the legislation will result in prior restraint and censorship by controlling the expression of content deemed illegal. The roundtable included representatives from various civil society groups, including those that work on issues such as over-policing, youth justice, counter-terrorism, and women's and migrants' rights. The event was chaired by Dr Monica Horten, Policy Manager (Freedom of Expression), who briefed participants on the unintended consequences of prior restraint and the mechanism for removing illegal content. Meg Foulkes, Head of Policy and Litigation, also discussed the amendments addressing self-harm. An open and insightful discussion took place on the proposals and their implications.
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