What is our mission?
PUBLIC exists to help reimagine and build digitally enabled public services. At the core of this mission statement is an assumption that government must deliver to citizens wherever they are. Central to this is their experience online. Across jurisdictions, networks and systems, bad actors threaten citizens online. Governments globally have a duty of care to their citizens in protecting their personal data (Privacy), securing their networks (Security) and tackling harmful content and behaviour online (Online Safety). PUBLIC’s Privacy, Security and Online Safety team has been built with the expertise to support governments in achieving policy outcomes in this space. From policy development to product implementation and beyond, we have the experience to help deliver the right approach.
How can we help?
PUBLIC works closely with governments as an end-to-end partner, delivering policy outcomes in complex areas of digital, data and innovation. We’re currently helping the UK government solve strategic problems across the following domains:
Online Safety: PUBLIC is the pre-eminent digital transformation player in the Online Safety space. There are a number of public sector challenges present in this harm space, such as:
PUBLIC’s work in Online Safety therefore consists of a number of varied initiatives, working with Government and the Safety Tech sector to design and build solutions to these challenges. We’ve helped develop taxonomies, product evaluation and standards guidance to promote the development of technical solutions to counter online harms.
Security: PUBLIC’s expertise on security in the public sector spans a number of broad digital challenges. Areas of expertise include mis/disinformation, where we convene thought leaders and Safety Tech providers to advise the public sector on how to counter and curb the spread of online disinformation, and cybersecurity, where we deliver workforce transformation initiatives to upskill public sector bodies in cyber awareness and resilience.
Privacy: In this space, PUBLIC supports public sector organisations in opening up new data use cases and improving secure, private data collaboration . In particular, we work with innovators to unlock the power of data for the public sector, while safeguarding personal data through privacy-enhancing technologies, such as differential privacy, trusted research environments and homomorphic encryption.
How do Privacy, Security and Online Safety fit together?
These diverse digital policy areas are connected by common themes and overlapping challenges. Privacy, Security and Online Safety are each government-driven markets, with shared needs for regulators and legislators to intervene for national security, citizen wellbeing and the public good. Both policy and the technology solutions to enable regulatory compliance are only just emerging, with market forces often insufficient to stimulate technological innovation in government priority areas, such as content moderation of child abuse material in end-to-end encrypted environments.
PUBLIC brings the best of digital innovation to the public sector by recognising these similarities, as well as the differentiators between these domains. We also work to embed and promote the principles of “private, secure and safe by design” across our transformation work, as part of responsible product development and service design.
We use tried-and-tested approaches to solving problems in the digital public sector to combat the unique challenges across these issue areas:
What’s coming next?
We will be publishing a series of blogs over the coming weeks to share some of our flagship research and learnings in these policy areas, starting with child safety in a changing regulatory space. We will be discussing thought leadership on mis/disinformation, privacy enhancing technologies and showcasing case studies in the coming weeks.
Work with us to build a safer future for citizens. Get in touch with Maya Daver-Massion (email@example.com) to find out more.
Insights from a roundtable between PUBLIC, UK Government, Ofcom, investors and industry experts on what’s next for the online safety tech sector.
Explore PUBLIC's pivotal role in shaping the Online Safety Act, supporting government agencies, and pioneering evidence-based online safety solutions, in this new interview with Dan Fitter.
Is Generative AI a game-changer or a threat to online safety? Our latest blog delves into how this new technology is transforming industries and online spaces, and the real risks it could pose to our citizens.
In this blog, we share our views on the challenges to AADC compliance based on recent user research with online platforms and regulators.
The metaverse is more than just a tech buzzword, it will likely have an impact on the way we socialise, play, work, and learn.
This month we kicked off our brand new GovStart programme - taking on a cohort of 34 startups across a number of different sectors. In this blog post we delve into the solutions of our 7 Privacy, Security and Online Safety startups spanning areas such as Disinformation detection, AI auditing and identity verification.
As part of our advisory work in online safety, PUBLIC is delivering a range of projects to improve child safety online. This blog outlines our view of the landscape, its challenges and potential solutions, through a Safety Tech lens. Safety Tech is technology that has been designed to facilitate safer online experiences, and to protect users from harmful content, contact, or conduct.
Hearing from 3 leaders in the field: Sasha Havlicek (ISD), John-Orr Hanna (CRISP), and Lyric Jain (Logically), this blog offers a series of takeaways from the Defence Disrupted panel discussion, alongside PUBLIC’s own insights on trends and challenges from our current work with leading public sector organisations.
Nominet and PUBLIC partnered to research and tackle key illegal online harms faced by young people when using the internet. This blogpost provides a final update on the research, focusing on systemic opportunities, and outlines next steps for interested stakeholders.
The long-term societal impacts of false narratives propagated by foreign adversaries has yet to be completely understood and quantified, the development and anticipated launch of the Government’s Online Safety Bill in the UK provides an opportune moment to consider counter-disinformation interventions.