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15 August 2023

Mark O’Connor Attends Online Regulation Conference at Keele University

On 14 June 2023 Callin Wild’s Mark O’Connor attended the Society of Legal Scholars inaugural ‘Contemporary Social and Legal Issues in a Social Media Age’ conference at Keele University.

This interdisciplinary conference was comprised of academics, legal practitioners and third sector organisations who spoke on a wide range of topics from the interplay of social media in the context of intellectual property to the legal position of disappearing island states within international law with some resorting to hosting their country ‘online’.

Mark, a former student of Keele University, was invited back to speak on his paper assessing the legal reforms to preventing harm online with reference to socio-community legal education project CLOCK and the proposed UK Online Harms Bill.

There was an impressive array of speakers at the event, none more so than Senior Counsel at Bird & Bird, Graham Smith, who spoke on the shifting paradigms in platform regulation from liability to responsibility with a particular focus on the role of internet service providers.

Mark commented: “It was an amazing opportunity to speak at a conference for the first time on a paper that I wrote whilst at University. This was a chance to speak and network about multi-jurisdictional IT and platform regulation with academics and practitioners from a wide array of backgrounds in what is an incredibly fast paced and growing area of law. Such is the fast pace of online regulation that Callin Wild is able to advise our clients on its latest developments as they affect the Isle of Man.”


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