I want to briefly call out something which took place in yesterday’s Parliamentary debate about the Joint Committee Report into the Online Safety Bill. Read More
If you work in tech policy and you don’t have a shelf full of speculative fiction, you’re doing the job wrong. It’s writers and authors, not lawyers and academics, who truly understand how technology and policy interact. The scenarios they imagine show us where technology might lead, and how the decisions we make about the uses of that technology might hasten the journey.
For better and for worse. Read More
Last week there was a lot of attention paid to the managerial liability provisions in the Online Safety Bill. This came in the context of the Minister’s appearance at the Joint Committee, which, um, escalated quickly: Read More
The UK’s Online Safety Bill debate is currently in the very dangerous territory where any number of proposed curtailments on what we can say and do online, whatever we have to say, and wherever we say it, are being whatabouted as “yeah, but Facebook.” Read More
The COP26 circus is in town. As a proud Glaswegian, I’m watching on (literally, out the window, at times) as the entire world has gathered here to settle the future of humanity. No biggie. Read More
Building the web in the UK makes you a useful political football. Read More
One of the rules of the tech playbook is that you have to have a hero story. And that story has to begin with an origin myth. Read More
We all developed some odd hobbies during that first surreal lockdown. Here was mine. Read More
Part of the joy of working in digital policy in the UK is that many of your days start like this: Read More
I‘m a fan of the Lawfare podcast’s “Arbiters of Truth” series. The latest episode was on the Russian government’s recent moves against foreign social media providers. These moves have included forcing app stores to remove apps run by the political opposition, threatening to block social media sites which permit political dissent at ISP level, threatening to fine sites which do not take down politically contentious speech fast enough, and demanding that foreign companies designate an in-country representative to be arrested in the event of noncompliance.
I‘m entering my second month of job hunting and being generally bored out of my skull. There’s a great article in Politico this morning that explains why.