What is the prevalence and associated costs of Age Assurance technology/ solutions across industry?


Although there is already material evidence on the types of serious harms individuals encounter online, there still remain a number of emerging harms, where the evidence base is still yet to mature (e.g. epilepsy trolling, online animal abuse). SOH would like to close this significant gap in understanding the impact of encountering different types of serious harms online and understanding the best approaches to measuring the impact of the Online Safety legislation.

SOH highlights the importance of Media Literacy in the digital age and asks for further studies to uncover barriers to engagement as well as the effectiveness of DSIT programmes. This issue closely relates to Counter-Disinformation interventions, which requires evidence for its effect on bystanders, topic specific disinformation and what tools can be used to combat this issue.

Research on Safety Technology would greatly develop SOH’s understanding of the relationship that DSIT online safety objectives have with the technology market today. A primary focus lands on improving Age Assurance (AA) measures. This includes ensuring transparency and assessing opportunities for the sector.

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DSIT Areas of Research Interest 2024 GOV UK

Related UKRI funded projects

  • Safe Internet surfing with an intelligent child-centred shield against harmful content

    The Internet provides high exposure to malicious content with direct impact on children's safety. Illicit, violent and pornographic material to name a few. The Internet is also an enabler for cyber victimisation such as ...

    Funded by: Innovate UK

    Lead research organisation: UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON

    Why might this be relevant?

    Partially relevant as it focuses on child safety online, but not specifically on Age Assurance technology.