Tech that builds safer, stronger online communities
What is Safety Tech?
“Cybersecurity focuses on protecting data, information, networks and systems. Cyber safety, or safety tech, focuses on protecting what it is to be human online. It focuses on protecting people online.” – Professor Mary Aiken, Cyberpsychologist
Safety Tech is technology that has been designed to facilitate safer online experiences, and to protect users from harmful content, contact or conduct.
The Safety Tech Innovation Network
Providing the foundations for public, commercial and non-profit sectors to come together to create safer online experiences through tech.
The Safety Tech Innovation Network aims to grow a global community of Safety Tech professionals, providing opportunities for networking, collaboration, and a genuine dialogue for overcoming challenges unique to the sector and influencing policy making.
Safety Tech Challenge Fund
The UK Government is awarding five organisations up to £85,000 each to prototype and evaluate innovative ways in which sexually explicit images or videos of children can be detected and addressed within end-to-end encrypted environments, while ensuring user privacy is respected.
In our first spotlight interview, we speak with Tiffany Xingyu Wang from Oasis Consortium, who discusses the concept of digital sustainability, data dignity and the newly published User Safety Standards.
In the first project showcase, which took place on 3 February 2022, the five suppliers chosen to take part in the fund presented updates on work in progress to an audience that included Chris Philp, DCMS Minister for Technology and the Digital Economy.
The Safety Tech Innovation Network welcomed speakers from the Age Verification Providers Association and Yoti to discuss all aspects of age assurance – from policy to methods, and why we need to create a level playing field for people doing age checks.