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techUK was delighted to support Safer Internet Day 2018 and you can
check out our involvement below. Meanwhile:

  • The Prime Minister orders Commission to review online law and harassment;
  • Last week the Government set out plans for its Digital Charter;
  • The Government responds to Matthew Taylor’s review into good work.

All this and more, get your weekly tech policy fix below.

Top Tech Policy News


UK Law Commission to review online laws (FT £)
Theresa May has ordered a review to ensure that what is illegal offline is illegal online, following announcements on the Digital Charter and the Internet Safety Strategy.

Digital Charter plan set out by Government (ComputerWeekly)
Further details on the Digital Charter have been published, laying out guiding principles for the online world and a programme of work the Government hopes will make the internet a safer and more prosperous place for UK citizens

Digital Minister encourages tech companies to sign Tech Talent Charter (Telegraph)
Margot James MP is putting pressure on tech companies to make diversity pledges in a Charter, of which techUK is a founding member, to address great gender disparity in tech.

Government responds to Taylor Review recommendations (BBC)
The Government promises an overhaul of employment rights for workers in the gig economy following last year’s Taylor Review, with the Government claiming to go further than the review’s recommendations. Check out techUK’s response below.

techUK Action & Reaction


Building online safety practices with young people (ComputerWeekly)
techUK’s CEO, Julian David writes about the need to make the internet a safer space for all, and why techUK is pleased to actively support Safer Internet Day 2018. Check out our roundup of the day here.

Technological innovation will be at forefront of good jobs (techUK)
Commenting on the Government’s response to the Taylor Review, Deputy CEO Antony Walker welcomes the commitments made and stresses the importance of tech in the future of work.

Data Privacy Day: landscape and changes ahead (techUK)
Jeremy Lilley, techUK Data Policy Manager, kicks off Data Privacy Day with a view on the big changes ahead for data protection and Brexit negotiations.

Last week at Davos tech was centre of conversation with the Prime Minister’s speech focusing on the opportunities of AI and challenges with online content. Check out our roundup and comments:

More News & Comment


Every study we could find on what automation will do to jobs, in one chart (Technology Review)

Matthew Hancock: Tech’s ally in Brexit storm (Politico EU)

Towards a Reskilling Revolution (World Economic Forum)

APPG for Entrepreneurship: 2018 Survey

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