Medium: The Case Against Breaking Up Big Tech

Posted on 3rd April 2019

Access Partnership’s MD Greg Francis spoke to Lance Ulanoff for Medium in the light of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s attack on big tech. He suggests that tech companies should be more proactive in explaining to the public why her rhetoric is wrong. Read the full article here.

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Journal of Cyber Policy: Access Partnership’s 2019 Tech Policy Trends Study Points to Disruption Through AI, Digital Identity and Smart Cities

Posted on 2nd April 2019

Access Partnership’s Tech Policy Trends 2019 report was featured in Journal of Cyber Policy:

Access Partnership, a global public policy consultancy for the tech sector, recently released its outlook for the coming year in Tech Policy Trends in 2019, a study looking at digital and cyber policy, artificial intelligence (AI), smart cities, and intelligent healthcare in the EU and around the globe. The report explores how shifts in tech policy could disrupt business globally and highlights several governments’ race to leverage the benefits of AI, digital identity, and smart cities.

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SXSW: Publicity for Privacy

Posted on 1st April 2019

Twenty years of events at SXSW have focused on the  next “big idea” — unicorn startups, hit products, new music for films — but it also puts the issues from our current ideas under a microscope. This year, it was clear that privacy is at the forefront of technology debates, appearing in keynote speeches and televised townhalls with US presidential candidates. Leading the charge, Access Partnership’s Head of Data Policy and Trust, Laura Sallstrom, was invited to speak at several high-level sessions on global privacy to discuss diverging privacy regimes around the world and where they’re trending.

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Building Trust Through Dialogue: Takeaways from Forum Europe’s Data Protection and Privacy Conference

Posted on 1st April 2019

Since news of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal broke one year ago, privacy and data protection have drawn increased attention from the general public and regulatory authorities. To explore these global efforts to regulate data policy, Forum Europe hosted the 9th Annual European Data Protection and Privacy Conference on 20 March in Brussels.

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Regulating the IoT Ecosystem: Who are the Targeted Players?

Posted on 28th March 2019

The Internet of things (IoT) is the interconnection of physical devices — including ones taking input from humans — through a mobile or satellite network, or over the Internet. As with any new technology, widespread deployment requires a regulatory framework to address associated concerns; specifically, which regulations apply to this new category, the availability of scarce resources (frequencies and numbers), and privacy and security.

This is the first of a series of articles aiming to dissect IoT by addressing the ensuing regulatory challenges, starting with the provision of telecommunications service regulations.


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Join Access Partnership at WSIS 2019

Posted on 26th March 2019

Access Partnership’s Managing Director Greg Francis will moderate a thematic workshop on “Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity” at WSIS Forum 2019, the world’s largest annual gathering of the ICT for development community.

Join us in Geneva or through remote participation on on 11 April from 9am-10:45am.

To find out more and register, visit the event website.

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Brexit Brief: Out on a Limb

Posted on 22nd March 2019

Last night, the EU formally agreed to a Brexit delay until 22 May if MPs agree on a deal next week. If not, the UK has until 12 April to figure out the next steps. The options remain exactly as they were in 2016: cancelling Brexit, softening Brexit, or no deal.

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