The OSA Network is led by Maeve Walsh and Professor Lorna Woods and aims to keep all those with an interest in the successful implementation of the Online Safety Act engaged and connected as the regulator, Ofcom, designs and consults on the detail of the regime. We are also supported by a trusted Advisory Board. Learn more about our experienced team of subject matter experts.
Maeve Walsh is an experienced policymaker and government relations expert who has worked in the UK Government and not-for-profit sector and was previously an Associate with Carnegie UK.
During a 17-year career in Whitehall, she held senior roles in central Departments including Cabinet Office, No10, the Department of Health and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where she led the team responsible for delivering the UK Digital Strategy. Since then, she has worked as a policy and advocacy consultant and advisor to a variety of organizations on digital and data policy.
As an Associate with Carnegie UK between 2018-2023, she worked with Professor Lorna Woods and William Perrin on their online harm reduction project, helping to directly influence the design and development of the Online Safety Bill, convening a large network of civil society campaigners and advocates, advising Parliamentarians on all sides of the House, and securing a number of significant concessions from the Government, including on fraud, scam ads and protections for women and girls.
She is a Trustee at the Connection at St-Martins-in-the-Field, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has served as a parent governor at her children’s primary school.
Lorna Woods is a professor in the Law School at Essex University and a member of the Human Rights Centre there. She received an OBE for her influential work at Carnegie UK that underpinned the UK government’s Online Safety Act.
Formerly a practising solicitor in a technology, media and telecommunications practice, she advised on contractual and regulatory aspects of the then nascent electronic communications and information technology industries (including data protection). While recent work has focused on the regulation of social media, her expertise covers a broader field, including ‘Social Media Jurisprudence - The European Court of Human Rights’, ‘Executive Accountability and National Security’ and ‘Competition Law and Telecommunications’. She is currently editing a commentary on the Digital Services Act.
In addition to academic research, she has been invited to give oral evidence to the UK Parliament on a number of issues, for example the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications inquiry into internet regulation, the Home Affairs Committee on post-Brexit Law Enforcement cooperation (data protection issues), APPG on the Rule of Law ‘The Data Protection Bill: What Do Rule of Law Principles Mean for AI and Data Processing?’, the Science and Technology Select Committee in respect of its enquiry into Big Data.
Professor Woods is a member of the ESRC peer review college, a senior associate research fellow at the Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts. She is a member of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) National User Group and she was also a member of the IMPRESS Code Committee (2015-2020).
The OSA Network was created to coordinate and support ongoing civil society engagement with policymakers, Parliamentarians and regulators during the Online Safety Act implementation phase.
Seyi Akiwowo (pronounced Shay-Yee Aki-Wo-wo) is the multi award-winning founder and CEO of Glitch, the charity dedicated to ending online abuse. She is an expert on tech accountability, Black women's safety online and digital citizenship.
Before setting up Glitch, Seyi was elected as the youngest Black female Councillor in East London at age 23.
It was when she experienced online abuse while in this position that Seyi decided to set up Glitch, to help support women and marginalised communities, and co-design practical solutions with Governments, NGOs and tech companies to make the online space safer for all.
In true millennial style, Seyi is also a former TED speaker, respected consultant and writer within the political and tech space, and Penguin-published author of How To Stay Safe Online, a digital self-care toolkit for developing resilience and allyship.
Seyi sits on the Guardian Council of Yoti, TikTok Trust and Safety Council, is a Gates Foundation Global Goalkeeper, and on the Board of Multitudes Foundation.
In 2020, she was appointed a Knight Fellow of the Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics at George Washington University.
Baroness Beeban Kidron
Baroness Beeban Kidron is a Crossbench Peer in the UK House of Lords and Founder of the 5Rights Foundation. Kidron was appointed to the House of Lords in 2012, where she has been a world-leading advocate for digital regulation and accountability; most notably in relation to children and young people.
In 2018, Baroness Kidron founded the 5Rights Foundation with a mission to build the digital world children and young people deserve, and has pioneered a range of international treaties, policies, programmes and voluntary standards.
5Rights works with governments and international organisations on developing policy and practice to change the digital world and ensure it acknowledges the rights and needs of children.
Kidron is a long term Commissioner on the UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development; member of the Global Council on Extended Intelligence; member of the Advisory Council for the University of Oxford’s Institute for Ethics in AI; Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics, Senior Fellow at the Computer Science Department, University of Oxford; and Chair of the 5Rights Foundation Digital Futures Commission.
William is a strategic practitioner and advisor at the interface of technology, the state and the voluntary sector. He received an OBE for his Carnegie UK work, alongside Prof Woods, that influenced the UK’s Online Safety Act.
He is a trustee of several charities, the founder of tech start-ups and a community activist. In a wide ranging public service career, which included being an advisor to Tony Blair, William was instrumental in creating OFCOM, reforming the regulatory regimes of several sectors and kicking off the UK government’s interest in open data.
William founded and ran grass-roots media start-up Talk About Local from 2012-2019. William is a Trustee of Carnegie UK, Good Things Foundation, Indigo Trust and The Philanthropy Workshop. William co-founded 360Giving, an award-winning charity about charity data.
William also set up broadband campaigns and a company to bring connectivity to rural parts of South Oxfordshire. William is non-partisan and has advised the three major political parties in the UK. He was active in London’s challenging Kings Cross community for many years, long before the partial gentrification.
Danny has led the professional team at the Antisemitism Policy Trust for more than a decade during which time it has helped deliver a number of cross-party initiatives recognised by government and civil society organisations as crucial to the fight against antisemitism and other forms of racism.
Before taking up his role Danny was a senior lobbyist for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, an advisor to a Member of the British Parliament and a Student Union Campaigns Organiser. Danny has an undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham, a Masters degree in Government, Politics and Public Policy from Birkbeck, University of London and has a Diploma in Public Relations. Danny has extensive youth leadership experience, and in his spare time he writes about and campaigns to improve safety in professional wrestling. He was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to Combating Hate Crime.
Poppy leads UK policy and political strategy at Reset.Tech. Combining her expertise in policy and technology, Poppy’s mission is to maximise Reset’s impact in the UK and help drive its influential policy agenda.
In addition to previously running multiple technology advisory businesses and supporting some of the world’s leading technology companies and start-ups, Poppy also worked in Downing Street for two years where she was an advisor on public appointments and tech policy.
Poppy is a World Economic Forum “Global Shaper” and in 2018 was recognised in Brummell Magazine’s “Ones to Watch” list celebrating London’s high-potential talent.