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Putting the principles into practice

Putting the Principles into Practice

Watch the eSafety Commissioner talk about putting the Safety by Design principles into practice. In this video she briefly discusses the importance of actionable initiatives.

Practical measures

The Safety by Design principles can be put into practice in a number of ways, including, but not restricted to:

  • Building an in-depth understanding of the various types of risks and online harms to help establish appropriate protections and safety features
  • Developing internal policies and procedures that support high levels of user safety
  • Establishing robust moderation practices and escalation procedures
  • Ensuring consistent enforcement of policies, procedures, community guidelines etc. through incident and response actions
  • Having leadership, corporate values and company principles that support user safety and rights
  • Making information about user safety publicly available via accessible, inclusive and easy to understand policies, procedures, standards and guidelines
  • Using review and evaluation mechanisms to measure the efficacy of safety features
  • Facilitating user empowerment through the creation of community guidelines and standards, social contracts, reporting mechanisms, appeals processes and feedback loops.

Applying the Safety by Design principles

This week you were introduced to the three overarching Safety by Design principles and the components that make up these principles. As you proceed to week 3 of the course you will have the opportunity to learn more about these principles and how you can apply them in practical terms using information and outputs from the industry assessment tools.

The assessment tools will ask specific questions about, and provide information and advice on, how to strengthen your Safety by Design approach in the following areas:

Graphic showing the areas of Safety by Design include: onlineharms, internal policies and processes, moderation, escalation and enforcement, structure and leadership, transparency and accountability, userempowerment

Want to know more?

If you would like to know more about the concepts covered in this step, check out the following article.

Digital safety: Applying human rights in the digital world emphasises how fundamental it is that human rights are placed at the heart of tech development. The article stresses the importance of combating harmful content through the use of principles, and the critical role that civil society groups and non-government organisations play in advancing digital safety.

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