Damian Collins is MP for Folkestone and Hythe

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Damian Collins is MP for Folkestone and Hythe and a member of the Conservative party.

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Thank you to @Se_Railway staff who are operating a shuttle service from @StPancrasInt to Ashford in Kent today. https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/travel-information/live-travel-information/live

Our latest @infotagion podcast features @jamiesusskind discussing his new book The Digital Republic and how we reset the relationship between citizens & big tech. We hear as well from regular guest @charleskriel This show was produced by @David_Dargahi https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-infotagion-podcast-with-damian-collins-mp/id1508368185?i=1000567340405

Opening today's parliamentary debate on #WorldPressFreedomDay2022, Uk Mp @DamianCollins highlighted the threats and pressures independent journalism is increasingly under worldwide.

The Uk is no exception

Great feature on #Folkestone regeneration in @thesundaytimes today. Thanks to the excellent work of @RDHCT @CreativeFstone @FStoneSFDevelop @fstonehythedc Folkestone has become an example of how #LevellingUp can work in coastal towns. See also @teamsportstrust @FHextraordinary

Here’s our latest @infotagion podcast featuring @brandonsilverm founder of @crowdtangle discussing online safety @OnlineSafetyCom & the future of news on social media. We’re joined by ⁦@charleskriel⁩ & the show was produced by ⁦@David_Dargahi⁩ https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-infotagion-podcast-with-damian-collins-mp/id1508368185?i=1000566824771

The idea that the status quo can continue is wrong.

The Government's "Up Next" White Paper is a sensible and serious look at real issues that exist in the TV sector. It provides the foundation for #Channel4 to have a radical reset in its role, rather than wither on the vine 🥀

The challenges to the TV sector are very real, and #Channel4 is particularly vulnerable. It is no wonder that they themselves are proposing significant changes to their remit.

📺📉Between 2006-2019 first-run original content spending declined 15% & broadcast time by 27%.

Important investigation here into the serious failure of content moderation on Facebook in east Africa. The company outsources this work but ultimately they are responsible for what happens on their platform. https://apnews.com/article/islamic-state-group-2022-midterm-elections-technology-politics-religion-1031f90a8956eb3feb6c6fb5283003f9

@eSafetyOffice @CCDHate @RoKhanna @PeterFatelnig @DamianCollins @AHousefather @NZOFLC Such a pleasure to join policymakers around the 🌏 @CCDHate in DC to talk about approaches to tackling online harms in the US, Canada, EU, UK. It was fab to have a strong Antipodean showing w/@NZOFLC & @eSafetyOffice & our responses to CVE. I also brought pastel to the panel!🎨

So proud of my daughter Claudia’s excellent article for @RestlessDev and @ft https://wearerestless.org/2022/06/02/we-can-change-education-to-help-girls-stay-in-school/

I am glad to hear that @SteveBarclay agrees with me that disinformation campaigns from hostile foreign states pose a #cybersecurity threat, and that the National Security Bill & Online Safety Bill will address this vital issue. 📡

Hugely looking forward to our upcoming roundtable with @damiancollins on keeping women and girls safe online

Thank you to Damian for what will be a really interesting and important discussion

Join us! Sign up: http://conservativeyoungwomen.com/events

You are right to raise this @elonmusk that’s why combatting fraud ads on social media platforms will be a requirement of the UK Online Safety Bill currently going through parliament

Elon Musk @elonmusk

Nearly two thirds of children own their own smartphone by the age of 10, Ofcom has revealed, despite more than a third seeing something “worrying” or “nasty” online. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/07/almost-two-thirds-children-smartphone-age-10/

Today, we are talking to Parliamentarians about #InfluencerMarketing Education with @IamMisterMba,@ad_association,@StephenWoodford,@ISBAsays,@ASA_UK    @DamianCollins. All on the same day that we launch the new SEND version of our #TikTok resource in partnership with DMCS! 💥.

#FairworkUK Launch - SPEAKERS

Damian Collins is the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe. 2016-2019, he was Chair of the British House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

Here Damian speaks about regulating the #gigeconomy: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/feb/17/gig-economy-workers-government-employment-bill

Folkestone MP @DamianCollins says he'll be backing @BorisJohnson in vote, says voters gave him 'overwhelming' majority two years ago to lead country #borisvote

Social media firms must be required by law to hand over data linked to children’s suicides, say Britain’s biggest children's charities. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/06/bereaved-families-must-get-access-social-media-data-linked-childrens/

The @thetimes of London asked me share my thoughts on Sheryl Sandberg’s resignation. No amount of philanthropy can offset the harm from her tenure, but helping policy makers and courts reform tech would be a start. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sheryl-sandberg-knew-the-damage-facebook-was-causing-and-did-nothing-qfcf2pjp8

🚨Statement: Nothing Will Change at Facebook without Real, Independent Oversight and Regulation as Sandberg Leaves A Shameful Legacy

We are delighted to announce that this year's IPPR Oxford Media Convention's keynote speakers are @JuliaLopezMP and @krishgm. We will also be hearing from @arusbridger, @kirstyjmcneill,@rasmus_kleis, @DamianCollins and @rebeccaskippage

Book your ticket➡️ https://bit.ly/3yYsKkK

MP Damian Collins says it "seems incredible" that Sir Dave Brailsford and Dan Ashworth are among those taking part in the ECB's high performance review.

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Excellent meeting today with Paul Stein, Chairman of the @RollsRoyce Small Modular Nuclear Reactor business. We discussed building one of these at #Dungeness in Kent. Rolls Royce want to have 4 British built SMRs supplying the grid by 2030. But that will just be the start…

Two days to go until our reception @HouseofCommons! @Damiancollins, @GTP_Deirdre, John Keefe @getlinkgroup & Nick Johannsen @kentdownsaonb will be talking about how central & local gvmt can help to remove barriers & turbo charge Kent’s #visitoreconomy.

🎙️ War in Ukraine | Disinformation and the cyber war

In Episode 6 of our podcast mini-series, @DamianCollins, @etaylaw and @KeirGiles examine Russia's cyberattacks and disinformation.

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Our final panel has gathered officials from across the globe to talk concrete solutions to address online harms.

Chaired by @RepRoKhanna, we're joined by @tweetinjules, @AHousefather, @DamianCollins, David Shanks, and @PeterFatelnig.

Tune in here: https://globalsummit.online/livestream/.

Leaders from the UK, USA, Canada, NZ, Australia, and the EU are coming together to discuss solutions to online harms.

You’re invited to join @RepRoKhanna @tweetinjules @DamianCollins @AHousefather @PeterFatelnig at #CCDHGlobalSummit


I’ll be speaking today about the UK Online Safety Bill at the @CCDHate Global Summit in Washington DC, alongside @RepRoKhanna @AHousefather https://globalsummit.online/

Great to see this new report recognise #Folkestone as the best place to live in Kent https://www.kentlive.news/whats-on/family-kids/colour-culture-creativity-folkestone-deserves-7093295

You can hear my thoughts on Russian disinformation propaganda on the war in Ukraine in this new podcast from @ChathamHouse https://www.chathamhouse.org/2022/05/war-ukraine-disinformation-and-cyber-war

You can read my article here for @CatholicHerald on the future of @sbhoxford - Light a candle for St Benet’s Hall https://catholicherald.co.uk/light-a-candle-for-st-benets-hall/

Some have questioned whether it’s possible to legislate nationally for content shared on platforms based in other countries.

The answer is yes: other countries have done so already. Germany and France have specific national laws.

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The Buffalo shooting video has been shared over 1.5 million times on Facebook. This is Christchurch, NZ all over again. The company has had three years to "get better at this."

Hugely important moment from Jake Daniels who is an inspiration and role model to the whole of football. Everyone should feel that they have the support to be themselves and Jake has made it easier for others to do just that. He should be immensely proud https://news.sky.com/story/jake-daniels-blackpool-footballer-17-comes-out-as-gay-becoming-only-openly-gay-male-professional-footballer-in-britain-12614598

All social media firms will be required by law to proactively remove child abuse content including private encrypted messages under new duty of care laws. New EU legislation has gone further than UK in compelling social media to use proactive technology https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/05/11/social-media-firms-forced-proactively-remove-child-abuse-content/

Today is #WorldPressFreedomDay. This year's theme is 'Journalism Under Digital Siege' and when the @HouseofCommons is back in session, I hope to be able to lead a @CommonsBBCom debate on why today, more than ever, we must stand up for media freedom @RSF_en https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-2022-0088/

@frasernelson - important to set the record straight. The basis of your article is wrong in four key ways:

1. Nothing in the Bill requires companies to remove legal free speech. Our aim is to make tech firms protect their users and kids and uphold their own T&Cs https://twitter.com/FraserNelson/status/1519604180192837632

Fraser Nelson @FraserNelson

Elon Musk’s first battle with the censors could come in Britain, not the US, due to the “Online Safety Bill”

My take:-


@iankatz1000 @BBCWorldatOne here are the figures from the most recent Channel 4 annual report, however the wider point I was making was that there has been a siginifcant fall in investment in first fun original content across the PSBs since 2010, and linear TV revenue declined 31% in the sector from 2015-20

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