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Red Teaming for GenAI Harms - Revealing the Risks and Rewards for Online Safety

Published: 23 July 2024

Ofcom is exploring how online services could employ safety measures to protect their users from harm posed by GenAI.

Deepfake Defences: Mitigating the Harms of Deceptive Deepfakes

Published: 23 July 2024

Deepfakes are audio-visual content that has been generated or manipulated using AI, and that misrepresents someone or something. New generative AI tools allow users to create wholly new content that can be life-like and make it significantly easier for anyone with modest technical skill to create deepfakes.

A deep dive into deepfakes that demean, defraud and disinform

Published: 23 July 2024

As new Ofcom research reveals the prevalence of online deepfakes, we look at what can be done to tackle those that cause harm.

‘Adults Only’: what to do if your online service allows pornography

Published: 16 July 2024

If you allow pornography on your online service, this page is for you. It explains what you need to know about the Online Safety Act and what you need to check to ensure you follow the rules.

Notified video-sharing platforms

Published: 11 January 2024

Last updated: 1 July 2024

A list of video-sharing platform (VSP) services that have notified to Ofcom.

New rules for online services: what you need to know

Published: 9 November 2023

Last updated: 13 June 2024

The Online Safety Act makes businesses responsible for keeping people, especially children, safe online. Here’s what you need to know and do now.

Quick guide to children’s risk assessments: protecting children online

Published: 7 May 2024

Last updated: 11 June 2024

This page summarises proposals we are consulting on – we will update this information when final documents are in place. Please note that this quick guide is intended to introduce your children’s risk assessment duties. Our guidance will set out your legal responsibilities in full.

Evaluating online safety measures

Published: 24 May 2024

Last updated: 24 May 2024

Online safety and data protection

Published: 1 May 2024

How Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) intend to collaborate in regulating online services.

Using research to guide our online safety work

Published: 15 April 2024

Today we’re publishing our online safety research agenda, which sets out the areas of research that will help to inform and underpin our long-term work as the UK’s online safety regulator.

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