Independent Thinkers on Digital | Regulation of the digital industry, is it still fit for purpose?

Independent Thinkers on Digital | Regulation of the digital industry, is it still fit for purpose?

“William talks with internet economist and widely published expert Roslyn Layton about regulation of the digital industry”

It feels that we rarely now have sensible discussions about topics connected with digital technology. Too often speakers represent corporate positions rather than think for themselves and too often dialogues are really just conflicting monologues between parties with divergent interests.

But the need for incisive debate and considered thinking has never been greater. Digital seems to have lost its way somewhat, from a disappointing 5G, to ever-greater nationalism, to concern over privacy, to failings in blockchain, and a lack of progress on IoT, autonomous cars, digital healthcare and more. Huge companies from mobile operators to over-the-top service providers have falling valuations and are laying off staff.

This series of incisive and hard-hitting discussions brings together one of digital’s best known independent thinkers, Professor William Webb, with a series of guests who are all independent voices with exemplary track records of insightful thinking and a willingness to say what they believe.

In the world of digital, sometimes the emperor really doesn’t have any clothes. Equally, there are great ideas that should have a voice. Join us each month to find out which is which.

In this first discussion William talks with internet economist and widely published expert Roslyn Layton about regulation of the digital industry, how it is often no longer fit for purpose, and how it can be captured by lobbying and politics. They put forward an argument that openness and a willingness to listen to independent experts is a way to push back against regulatory capture in an optimistic view of the future.

Watch episode 1 of Independent Thinkers on Digital.

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