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October Update: Tech, Media and Telecoms

4 October 2018

What's on the agenda this month

by Plamen Sendrev, Digital Policy Executive

After a turbulent Conference Season Parliament is set to return on Tuesday 9 October. The future of tech, and internet regulation occupied the minds of policy makers and other industry stakeholders, and was widely discussed at length at both Labour and Conservative conferences. Download our Party Conference Round-up briefing here.

In a rather packed fringe event ominously titled Taming the Wild West: How to Regulate the Internet?, Labour’s Shadow Digital Minister Liam Byrne MP, announced that his team was currently working on a Green Paper on the issue of online harm. Mr Byrne highlighted both the benefits and “pollutions” of digitalisation. He also warned that it was “ludicrous” to think that the online world can be regulated with a system of outdated regulators, not entirely fit for this purpose.

Other speakers at the event included David Wheeldon, Group Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Sky, Damian Tambini, Senior Lecturer at LSE, and Emily Cherry, Assistant Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Barnardos. Request a copy of our coverage of this event.

Later this month on 9 October, the Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright is expected to deliver a speech at The Creative Industries Federation's International Summit 2018.

Two Ofcom consultations are also drawing to a close on 9 and 10 October. Consultation on end-of-contract and out-of-contract notifications, and the new BBC Scotland Channel - Proposed variation to Ofcom’s Operating Licence for the BBC’s public services, respectively.

Late October brings some exciting unknowns. In an interesting political manoeuvre and earlier than expected, the Chancellor will announce his vision for the UK economy on Monday 29. This is a challenging time to be budgeting for the future of the country as much of the Governments efforts are focused (and for a good reason) on the Brexit negotiations. The Sun has speculated that the Chancellor will be forced to wait to deliver spending promises due to the impasse in talks.

On 30 October DCMS Committee Chair, Damian Collins, is expected to speak at Democracy Hacked?, an event hosted by the Guardian. 

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Plamen Sendrev, Digital Policy Executive
Plamen Sendrev
Digital Policy Executive

Plamen is DeHavilland’s Policy Executive for the Media, Tech and Telecoms sector. Plamen has previously worked at the Parliamentary office of an MP. He is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, and holds a Masters in European Studies.