EU Digital Single Market Strategy – Has Brussels gone from friend to foe of the tech sector?

Written by Shomik Panda on 22 May 2018

As Mark Zuckerberg takes his seat to answer questions for the first time in the European Parliament, it is a good time to take stock of the EU's Digital Single Market Strategy, assess its successes, and consider the new regulations and policy proposals coming from the European Commission.

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Emerging from the smoke – Vaping as disruptive innovation

Written by Megan Stagman on 15 May 2018

In a modern world that is churning out technological innovations in sectors that did not even exist 20 years ago, many people will have common conceptions of what constitutes ‘disruptive technology’: the rise of robots, smart cities and self-driving cars. And yet, equally disruptive are the technologies that are developing within sectors that have prospered for centuries.

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Finding the path to ethical artificial intelligence?

Written by Olaf Cramme on 16 Apr 2018

Another day, another report on artificial intelligence? Not quite. 

Published today, the 180-page volume by the House of Lords’ Select Committee is more than just the latest contribution to the emerging debate about the opportunities and challenges of AI. Led by experienced lawyers such as Baron Clement-Jones and renowned scholars like Lord Anthony Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics, it might well prove influential both in the UK and beyond.

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Taxing times ahead for 'big tech'?

Written by Matthew Niblett on 03 Apr 2018

Are large online businesses paying their fair share of tax? This was the question debated on Tuesday 27 March by MPs in Westminster Hall, the small debating chamber in Parliament. 

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Will Theresa May be able to deliver her ambitious plans for data protection after Brexit?

Written by Conor Brennan on 16 Mar 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May put data protection at the heart of the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU when she delivered her latest set piece Brexit speech on 2 March.

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New Regulations Ahead: London’s Transport Committee Report on Future Transport

Written by Matthew Niblett on 13 Feb 2018

The London Assembly’s Transport Committee has today published ‘Future transport - How is London responding to technological innovation?

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What the UK Government's announcements mean for the Gig Economy

Written by Inline Policy on 08 Feb 2018

The UK Government has published its long-awaited response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

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Theresa May at Davos calls for international cooperation to regulate tech sector

Written by David Abrahams on 30 Jan 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech yesterday to the World Economic Forum in Davos saw her repeat calls for international action to regulate aspects of the tech sector that are disrupting the established economic players and norms.

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European Bike-Sharing: how to move forward

Written by Rory Coutts on 30 Nov 2017

Over the past six months, brightly coloured bikes have appeared across European cities as bike-sharing, and in particular dockless bike-sharing, has featured with ever growing prominence in public debates. sharing.

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Dockless Bike-Sharing: the next regulatory quagmire

Written by Conor Brennan on 15 Aug 2017

This summer, Londoners will have noticed the addition of new bicycles parked in various locations across Britain’s capital. Closer inspection of these bikes reveals that they are ‘oBikes’ - a bicycle which you can unlock with an app on your phone and use at very little cost, without the need to park at docking stations. 

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Does the global aviation emissions agreement sustain the momentum of the Paris agreement? Or does it detract from it?

Written by Inline Policy on 20 Oct 2016

On 6 October, a new acronym was introduced to the world of aviation and climate change. CORSIA – the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – is the outcome of what many in the aviation industry have described as an “historic agreement” to tackle the burgeoning problem of aviation emissions.

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eSports gambling – regulators take a closer look

Written by Inline Policy on 24 Aug 2016

The prospect of video gamers becoming paid professionals, and people placing bets on the outcome of contests, would have seemed unthinkable a few years ago.

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What are the implications of Brexit for Tech firms operating in the UK?

Written by Shomik Panda on 04 Jul 2016

More than a week on from the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the political vacuum at the top of both main UK political parties means that the country’s policy priorities and future direction remain unclear. However, against an uncertain background, some potential implications for the Tech sector can be foreseen:

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Robots and liability issues: the future regulatory framework

Written by Inline Policy on 30 Jun 2016

Robots are rapidly gaining public visibility as their development accelerates in conjunction with recent innovations in the domains of artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine-to-machine and machine-to-human interaction.

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Does the EU ETS need reviving, again?

Written by Inline Policy on 12 Apr 2016

Boom and Bust

The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has been up and down a rollercoaster over the last decade. Launched with considerable optimism in 2005 as one of the European Union’s prime policy instruments for tackling climate change by placing a price on greenhouse gas emissions, it has since gone through what can be most appropriately termed a “boom and bust” cycle.

At the end of Phase I in 2007, the price of an EUA effectively hit zero, as there was no provision to carry Phase I EUAs into the second phase.

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Regulation and policy take centre stage at TCT 3D printing show

Written by Inline Policy on 02 Nov 2015

According to recent research by management consultancy A.T. Kearney, the global market for 3D printing is set to grow from $4.5 billion today to $17.2 billion by 2020. With this rapid growth will come added scrutiny from policy makers and regulators. To support its long term growth, and for the industry to fulfil its remarkable potential, a supportive regulatory and policy framework will be critical. To help build this framework, and to put in place policies that will stimulate industry growth and accelerate the uptake of 3D printing technology across the economy, it will be imperative for industry associations to play their part and to engage with key policy makers and regulators.

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Market makers – Grub Club and the growth of meal-sharing

Written by Inline Policy on 28 Oct 2015

Like many growing sectors in the sharing and on-demand economy, meal-sharing platforms are changing how individuals interact and consume. Innovative businesses are providing alternative catering services, often with a community or social focus, that disrupt the traditional choice between restaurants, takeaways and home-cooking.

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Online dating vs. Mobile dating – New opportunities and challenges

Written by Inline Policy on 18 Sep 2015

In our previous analysis piece on the topic of online dating we explored the importance of industry regulation, as market actors continue to innovate and find new ways of marketing and delivering their services to users. New technology, in the form of smartphones, tablets, or wearable tech devices, has provided online dating companies with new tools to deliver their services and reach out to new customers.

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Is the EU ETS back on its feet?

Written by Inline Policy on 07 Aug 2015

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the EU’s flagship climate policy instrument aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions at least economic cost and incentivising investment in the low-carbon economy, has been back in the news - for once in a positive sense.

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Tech matters - a look ahead to the General Election and beyond

Written by Inline Policy on 02 Mar 2015

The technology sector has rightly become a source of optimism for all UK politicians in recent years. Rapid growth, job creation and sustained investment have become the norm. Recently published statistics from Tech City UK in its Tech Nation report indicate that digital job growth in the UK will outperform all other occupation categories by 2020. In addition, 1.46 million people - 7.5% of the entire UK workforce - are already employed in the digital industries. Importantly, the report found that 74% of digital companies in the UK operate outside of London, with significant clusters of activity in areas such as Greater Manchester, Brighton and Hove, Belfast and South Wales. The supply side is clearly getting stronger with the presence of not just a thriving tech start-up scene, but also a significant number of established and global tech players operating, and investing, across the UK. On the flip side, the demand side is becoming more demanding. Businesses and consumers increasingly expect digital, and not analogue, to be the default. This, of course, is both a great challenge and opportunity for the sector.

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