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

March 18, 2019 – London, UK. 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, looking at digital and cyber policy, artificial intelligence (AI), smart cities, and intelligent healthcare around the globe. The report explores how shifts in tech policy could disrupt business, and highlights several governments’ race to leverage the benefits of AI, digital identity, and smart cities.

Technology Companies already feeling the effects, globally and domestically, of policy shifts and election rhetoric

March 18, 2019 – London, UK. 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, looking at digital and cyber policy, artificial intelligence (AI), smart cities, and intelligent healthcare around the globe. The report explores how shifts in tech policy could disrupt business, and highlights several governments’ race to leverage the benefits of AI, digital identity, and smart cities.

Access Partnership Managing Director Greg Francis comments: “As we enter the second quarter of 2019, many policy trends we’ve studied have been refined in public policy discourse and hashed over in old-fashioned electoral rhetoric. Tech policy is no longer a case of no regulation or closed-door government nudging: public reaction is fuelled by data and cyber breaches, online misinformation and claims of tax avoidance, driving the appetite for more regulation at a moment of instability in the global economy.”

Highlights of Tech Policy Trends in 2019 include:

  • European Digital Policy (such as GDPR) and Taxes still at the forefront of global tech policy changes
  • While the EU struggles to tame tech, it’s still the Wild West in the US and most of the rest of the world
  • Regulation change in the air for online platforms such as Facebook and Google
  • Policy on cybersecurity globally
  • Policy implications for Smart Asian cities, as they continue to get smarter
  • Digital identity as a way to address undocumented people
  • Continuing expansion of the AI ecosystem
  • Healthcare’s AI revolution

Notes Greg Francis: “Though much of what is happening in global tech policy is driven by careful discussion and legislation in the EU, the implications for the US can be felt in news topics on a daily basis. And while he US considers its options, including adopting European policies and standards, it may well forge its own path, striking a balance between overregulation and under-regulation. Either of these extremes—one stifles growth, the other risks alienating consumers—would land the country in a similar circumstance… characterised by lack of trust and dampened growth.”

To see a copy of Tech Policy Trends in 2019, click here.

For more information on Access Partnership or on the study, please contact:

Ivan Ivanov, Marketing Manager, at ivan.ivanov@accesspartnership.com.

About the Study 

Tech Policy Trends in 2019 is a compilation of ten deeply researched thought pieces, by ten of Access Partnership’s experts, on various aspects of global technology policy as it affects governments, consumers, and the technology sector.

About Access Partnership

Headquartered in London with offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Dakar, Access Partnership is the world’s leading public policy firm, providing market access for technology. The partners and research team uniquely mix policy and technical expertise to optimise outcomes for companies operating at the intersection of technology, data, and connectivity.

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