The Global Online Safety Regulators Network
The Global Online Safety Regulators Network is the only global forum dedicated to supporting collaboration between online safety regulators, sending a strong message about our shared commitment to online safety regulation.
Through this, we encourage wider international membership and cooperation, with the aim of making the approach to online safety between countries is as consistent and coherent as possible.
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What the network does
The Global Online Safety Regulators Network brings together independent regulators to cooperate across jurisdictions. We do this by sharing information, best practice, expertise and experience, to support coherent and coordinated approaches to online safety issues.
The rules and procedures of the network are set out in the Terms of Reference.
The Network has recently created two working groups to deepen understanding and collaboration on focus areas: the Education and Awareness Working Group and the Technology Working Group.
Terms of Reference – The Global Online Safety Regulators Network
Membership of the Global Online Safety Regulators Network is open to regulators with legislated online safety functions, who meet criteria on independence from political and commercial interference, and are committed to upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
Current members include:
- eSafety Commissioner – Australia
- Arcom – France
- Coimisiún na Meán – Ireland
- Film and Publication Board – South Africa (Vice Chair)
- Korea Communications Standards Commission – Republic of Korea
- Office of Communications (Ofcom) – United Kingdom (Chair)
- Online Safety Commission – Fiji
The Network also wants to engage those who are looking to establish online safety regulation or are eager to learn from the shared experiences of this group of like-minded regulators. The Network might give observer status to different groups as the Network progresses and regulatory frameworks develop.
Observers will be organisations and stakeholders working on online safety issues and committed to working collaboratively with independent online safety regulators. This can include civil society, policymakers, multilateral organisations, and industry groups.
Current observers include:
- Department of Canadian Heritage – Canada
- Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia-Diensteanbieter e.V. (FSM) – Germany
- Netsafe – New Zealand
- Te Mana Whakaatu | Classification Office – New Zealand
- The Canadian Centre for Child Protection – Canada
If you would like more information, or to receive a member or observer application form, please email current chair of the Network – Ofcom: Ofcom.International@ofcom.org.uk
As part of its global leadership in online safety, the Network drafts position statements on online safety issues with input and collaboration from all members.
Position statements focus on online safety issues and aim to deliver the objective of establishing a respected, clear and influential collective voice of independent online safety regulators
Position Statement on human rights and online safety
This statement articulates the Network’s shared commitment to championing a human rights-based approach to online safety regulation and harm prevention.
Last updated: 25/01/2024