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November Update: Tech and Telecoms

30 October 2017

Arguably the busiest time of the political year, November sees MPs and peers alike hard at work across a range of policy areas, with legislation and Committee business in full swing, and the return of the traditional Autumn Budget on 22 November.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May and her party leadership are battling the Brexit stormclouds in a bid to bring reassurance after ominous warnings from business during the party conference season.

Here, Sophie Malleson, DeHavilland's Monitoring Consultant for Tech and Telecoms policy, gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this November.

What's on the agenda this month

by Sophie Malleson, Monitoring Consultant

The debates surrounding social media and whether internet giants such as Google and Facebook are 'publishers' or 'platforms' rumbles on this month, whilst the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee seeks information from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on political advertising and the so-called Russian advertising scandal in the USA.

In the media and broadcasting sectors, the issue of Channel 4's potential relocation outside London will continue, as politicians squabble and promote their own areas as its potential new base. The broadcaster's outgoing Chief Executive, David Abraham, expressed opposition to the proposed relocation - but how incoming CEO Alex Mahon will approach this issue when she takes the reins remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, the Data Protection Bill is is making its way through the House of Lords, with its Committee Stage debates schuled for early November.

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Sophie Malleson, Monitoring Assistant
Sophie Malleson
Monitoring Consultant

Sophie Malleson carries out political research and monitoring with a focus on Tech and Telecoms. Sophie holds an MA in Politics from the University of Glasgow and is currently studying part-time for a MRes postgraduate degree in Public Policy & Management from Birkbeck College.