ONLINE SAFETY TECH INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
THE INDUSTRY BODY FOR UK ORGANISATIONS OPERATING THE FIELD OF ONLINE SAFETY.
OSTIA’s members are committed to providing a voice of hope by demonstrating what CAN be done – and by offering a toolbox of solutions to address key issues within the large and complex challenge Online Safety presents.
Too often the debate about Online Safety is focused around what cannot be done, what is technically impossible, and the conflict with other rights such as privacy and freedom of speech.
We seek to provide an alternative voice in the debate.
OSTIA’s members work together to ensure that policy makers and big companies have visibility of new innovations, new technology and best practice for online safety.
New thinking often comes from fast growing companies that can struggle to be heard on a global stage amongst governments and big tech companies.
We seek to ensure that collectively our member’s voices are heard, advancing the cause of Online Safety.
OSTIA’s members are committed to tacking the challenges and opportunities in front of them by working together.
OSTIA is passionate about bringing together all those with a vested interest to create more efficient networks nationally and internationally. This will include sharing knowledge and experience, showcasing member’s work
We seek to achieve more towards our goal of a safer internet by harnessing the power of networks.
“We welcome the growth of a safety tech sector that is essential to protecting children from abuse, and that can support companies deliver their duty of care to users of their platforms.
“The Government’s Online Harms Bill will be the first of its kind in the world and a thriving safety tech sector is vital to ensure the UK leads the way in child protection online.”
Andy Burrows, Head of Child Safety Online Policy at the NSPCC
Minister for Digital and Culture
OUR AIMS & BELIEFS
- That the internet should be a safe place for everyone, especially children and other vulnerable people.
- That safety does not have to be in conflict user privacy or freedom of speech, thanks to increasing availability proven and reliable automated processes.
- That where there is conflict between safety and privacy, protecting people from the most severe dangers should take priority.
- That the public deserves to know what CAN be done to improve online safety and feel equipped to ask for more from online platforms that fall short.
- In Informing policy makers about what CAN be done, to enable more effective legislation and regulation.
- In working closely with charities, NGO’s and other organisations that seek to improve online safety.
- That online companies should be proactively working to make their platforms safer places and new businesses and products should be designed with safety in mind
- That we can accomplish more when we speak with a collective voice and send a positive message of hope.
- That by working collaboratively we can avoid overlapping initiatives and better ensure our shared challenges are resolved.
- In championing a solution focused approach by pointing to emerging practical and affordable solutions, some of which have been built by our members, that can improve online safety.
- In working constructively with Governments and other regulators.
- That by working collaboratively we can strengthen the online safety technology sector, helping established companies to achieve more, creating easier pathways to success for new entrants, and attracting new investment to meet the challenges.
We aim to:
- Promote member companies with products that improve online safety to potential customers in the UK and Overseas.
- Raise public, industry and government awareness of UK safety technology through press, PR across wide audiences in the UK.
- Understand common challenges around how we access data for training and testing our products and services, and exploring, proposing and promoting solutions for working with government and industry.
- Persuade government to take a leadership role in developing and deploying safety technologies within its own extensive IT estate and supply chain.
- Promote the importance of the sector and its growth potential to investors.
- Collaborate with interested parties in civil society (including charities and NGOs in the UK and internationally) on initiatives to recognise excellence in online safety from platform and cloud providers; promote to parents and caregivers how they can help keep their children and other vulnerable users safe online; develop standards for best practice, and potentially accreditation for those that comply; and promote “safety by design” and emerging safety technology to developer communities in the UK and elsewhere.
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Ian Stevenson is CEO of Cyan Forensics, a company helping law enforcement, social media and cloud companies find and block harmful content from paedophiles and terrorists. Ian is a technologist and entrepreneur with 25 years’ experience bringing new technologies to market getting them into the hands of users who can benefit.
Adam started his first business in 1999 at the age of 15. Dubit was one of the world’s first social media networks. It went on to become one of the most popular websites for teenagers in the UK, and became one of the earliest firms to implement online safety tech. Adam subsequently worked with the UK government to develop the first online child protection laws; he then left Dubit to set up Crisp in 2005. Today Crisp is the expert in weaponized communication defense. Crisp offers an enterprise-grade solution trained on 15+ years of online harm detection which utilizes a proprietary predictive intelligence graph that discovers, tracks and predicts the spread of harmful content on messaging apps, social platforms and beyond.
Richard Pursey is a seasoned entrepreneur having successfully started and sold a number of technology companies in both the services and software sector. Following this success, he became an active private investor before founding SafeToNet where he is Group CEO. Richard has held various board level positions including NED for an NHS Primary Care Trust (Berkshire West) where he learned about mental health issues and the societal problems surrounding child abuse. He was Chairman of the Thames Division of the Institute of Directors and sat on the board of the Southern Division of the CBI.
Dr Anna Vartapetiance is the CEO, Co-Founder, and Co-Director of Securium and Visiting Fellow of Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (SCCS). In 2017 Anna was acknowledged by the Home Office as an Exceptional Talent in Natural Language Processing, Cyber Security, and Data Sciences. She has a PhD in Computational Approaches for Deception Detection and Master’s in computer science. Since 2007, she has focused her efforts in designing and developing systems for “Safer Internet”, from prevention of online gambling addiction, to detection and prevention of online abuse. Anna is an advocate of Women in Tech and Entrepreneurship and has received various awards including British Computer Society’s best speaker award for promoting Women in Computing.
Regional Business Growth and Partnerships Executive for Scotland Yoti
Gordon has a wealth of experience within the public safety sector, having operated at every level within UK policing. Gordon created a National Policing Portfolio to respond to the challenges of the digital age, and helped UK policing establish itself as a world leader in embracing opportunities to engage with communities through digital channels. Since retiring from the police force Gordon has worked in the private sector for Ericsson and Amazon Web Services, focusing on social media and digital transformation, before recently joining Yoti. Gordon works with governments in Scotland and Jersey and has a strong interest helping to address safeguarding and online safety technology issues.
Our working group meets with stakeholders, including government, to explore the best way to create and fund OSTIA and its aims and objectives. Not-for-profit and public sector organisations with aligned missions and who broadly support our aims are welcomed to participate in an advisory capacity. To get involved or find out more, please contact the Secretariat of OSTIA, Kim Kingan at email@example.com
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