Tracking and Regulating Online Pornography: challenges and opportunities

Thursday 28 June 2018, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Calman Learning Centre (Top Floor), Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE

Free of charge for both BCS members and non-members


  • Coffee & tea from 6.30pm.
  • Talk starts at 7.00pm (includes 2018 AGM at 6.00pm)


Having reviewing past BCS talks it is over 10 years since a presentation was given on the subject of the use of the Internet to access pornography. In this time there have been significant changes in society notably a media industry shift from print to digital in the same period. This presentation explores the theme from the viewpoint of legal and criminology experts through the findings of a Durham University project on content analysis that has involved the use of computer science specialists. This current research around meta data and the impact of unfiltered internet access is likely to be eye opening.

About the speakers:

Professor Clare McGlynn (@McGlynnClare)

Clare is a Professor of Law at Durham University with particular expertise in the legal regulation of pornography, image-based sexual abuse (including ‘revenge porn’) and sexual violence. She has worked closely with policy-makers, politicians and the voluntary sector to strengthen laws relating to image-based sexual abuse and her research helped to shape the law reform campaign to criminalise rape pornography. She is a regular contributor to national policy debates and the media on these issues.

Dr Fiona Vera-Gray

Fiona is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Law School at Durham University working on violence against women and girls. Her current project is set to be one of the largest studies in the UK specifically looking at the range of women's experiences of online mainstream pornography. Fiona has worked in the specialist sexual violence sector for over a decade as both a frontline support provider and an expert in sexual violence prevention.