Commenting on Home Secretary, Amber Rudd MP's, speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:
“The UK tech sector shares the Government’s ambition to make this nation the safest place to be online and is working with them to achieve this end. The Home Secretary rightly recognised the importance of engaging with tech companies to combat online extremism, paedophilia and other crimes. These are complex issues and we must all – governments, security agencies, law enforcement, policy makers and wider civil society bodies - work together to fight the abuse of the online world.
“The responsibilities of the tech sector must also go hand in hand with work offline to protect people online. The Home Secretary was right to note the importance of parents understanding more about what their children do online, and how to protect them from harm. Digital education to build resilience, at all ages, is as important as cutting-edge technology in combatting these problems. The sector looks forward to working with the Home Office, and other Departments, including DCMS and Education, to help parents to get up to speed with the rapidly changing world the next generation inhabits."