Safety Tech Challenge: link sharing of Child Sexual Abuse Material Competition Briefing Event

We would like to invite you to attend this dedicated briefing webinar for the Safety Tech Challenge Fund competition. This online briefing event is to give you the opportunity to learn more about the competition and to ask any questions directly to the competition funders.

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13.30 - 15.00



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About the Event

This event welcomes UK registered businesses, academic institutions, civil societies, not-for-profits, public-sector organisations or research and technology organisations (RTO) who may be interested in applying for the Safety Tech Challenge Fund.

About the Safety Tech Challenge

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT), Home Office, and GCHQ to invest up to £700,000 in innovation projects that enhance UK capabilities in protecting children online. This funding is from the UK Safety Tech (UKST) challenge fund.

The aim of this competition is to enhance UK capabilities in protecting all users online, but in particular preventing harm of children online. Project proposals must help in identifying and disrupting the sharing of child sexual abuse links to further develop a ‘safety by design’ culture in advance of upcoming regulatory changes.

The effectiveness of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) blocking access to illegal sites is deteriorating due to increased encryption of web traffic.

The fund will focus on:

  • Content moderation of the sharing of links to child sexual abuse material (CSAM)
  • Detecting and disrupting the modification of links to CSAM
  • Locations facilitating CSAM access, including gateway and torrent sites

The term ‘links’ encompasses original URLs and shortened or modified URLs.

For more details about eligibility and scope, please click here.


13:30 – Welcome and introduction – Ryan Jackson, Innovate UK KTN (5 mins)

13:35 – Kirsty Manning, Home Office & Oliver Evenden, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT): Themes and background to the competition, rationale for competition, technical overview, and scope (20 mins)

13:55 – Sarah Wellard, Innovate UK: Eligibility, and portfolio approach (15 mins)

14:10 – Kelly McGrath, Innovate UK: Competition process, key dates, and IFS application system overview (20 mins)

14:30 – Q&A Moderation by Ryan Jackson and all. (25 mins). Panel includes: Sarah Wellard, Innovate UK Kelly McGrath, Innovate UK Oliver Evenden, DSIT Kirsty Manning, Home Office

14:55 – Wrap Up: Ryan Jackson

15:00 – End


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