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Barnardo's responds to warnings to tech giants by Culture Secretary

Release Date: 04 Jul 2018

Barnardo's has welcomed a warning by Culture Secretary Matt Hancock to tech giants that they are not too big to regulate.

Mr Hancock also said that international regulation would be needed to impose controls on the use of artificial intelligence (AI), warning that the fast-developing technology has the potential to be "highly destructive" if used wrongly.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said:

We welcome the Culture Secretary’s willingness to look at regulating tech giants. Barnardo’s has been calling for a statutory code of practice for all social media sites and an independent watchdog to hold them to account with powers to issue fines. If playgrounds need health and safety in place before children can use them, the online world should have the equivalent safeguards.

The internet can be a force for good and presents many benefits and opportunities for children, but its darker side leaves children exposed to harm. It’s vital the government acts now.

There must be an ethical approach to using emerging technologies within social care relating to vulnerable children and young people. However, we’re interested to learn about the opportunities AI might offer to support our work, while improving the speed and quality of outcomes for children and young people, as long as their safety is at the heart of the design.

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