Category: Digital

Virtual worlds standardisation: What next for the EU? Key challenges and opportunities

While the debate on AI regulation continues to grab media headlines and the attention of policymakers worldwide, discussions on virtual worlds have quietly continued. Regulators around the world are trying to find the right balance between introducing or updating policies to mitigate potential harms of virtual worlds while maximising the potential of these technologies for […]
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06 Jul, 2023

History repeats itself – first as banking, then as crypto  

The collapse of FTX came about because of poor practice that has been outlawed in other parts of the financial system, including the mismanagement of client assets, which resulted in significant investor harm. Its failure is redolent of aspects of the 2008 financial crisis and has given crypto-sceptics their highest-profile example of why crypto should […]
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15 Nov, 2022

The biggest threat to NFTs isn't the market crash 

Key Points  Non-Fungible Token (NFT) adoption and investment has increased significantly and across a range of markets, most notably in sport e.g. through football partnerships.  Popular and political discourse increasingly represents NFTs as a homogenous cryptoasset class. This increases the risk that NFTs are included within plans to regulate ‘financial’ cryptoassets.  Recent turbulence in the […]
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30 May, 2022

A crowded Queen’s Speech for DCMS – what does it mean for the sector? 

Nadine Dorries’ team at Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has taken the lion’s share of parliamentary time for the next session.  A total of six DCMS bills have been promised. But with doubts about when the next General Election will be called, and the controversial nature of much of the legislation in question, what is […]
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27 May, 2022

Central bank digital currencies – who needs them? 

Arguably every major economy does. Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) mark a sizable shift in the global financial architecture and countries that opt-out risk not only the technical benefits of digital cash – but also their place in the future financial order.   State of play  The debate surrounding the digitisation of national currencies or the […]
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07 Mar, 2022

European Digital Policy Outlook for 2022

Key Points: New initiatives in 2022The European Commission 2022 Work Programme contains a handful of new digital policies. The European Chips Act, expected early this year, focusing on capacity building, research and international partnerships and could include similar provisions to the American Chips Act an equivalent initiative. With this legislation the EU will have to reconcile […]
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26 Jan, 2022

Why digital trade policy is so important

Being able to freely move data around the world – between and within firms – is now just as important as being able to freely move goods and services.   Car manufacturers increasingly monitor driver behaviour and car diagnostics from regional hubs; professional services firms may need to transfer the data of clients and staff between country offices; companies in every sector store […]
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18 Jan, 2022

UK merger clearance – a higher hurdle?

It is becoming harder to get mergers cleared in the UK. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is taking an increasingly sceptical view and wants to go further by getting government to change the rules to make it even easier to block mergers involving large technology companies. Why has the CMA raised the bar, and is there a […]
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30 Jun, 2021

European AI regulation: de-risking or stifling innovation?

Last week the European Commission presented its long-awaited proposal for a ‘Regulation laying down harmonised rules on Artificial Intelligence’ (AI Act). Alongside this proposal, it also released an updated Coordinated Plan on AI that seeks balance by focusing on investment.  Risk-based approach to AI  The AI Act reveals a more nuanced approach to regulation that has evolved since the […]
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26 Apr, 2021
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