22 March 2019

Update

CBI calls for UK to lead the way in internet regulation

CBI Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, speaks about internet safety at the Deloitte Media and Telecomms Conference 2019.

CBI calls for UK to lead the way in internet regulation

Speaking at Deloitte Media and Telecomms Conference 2019 in month, CBI Director General, Carolyn Fairbairn, spoke about how the UK can continue to build a media and telecoms sector that is the envy of the world.

In her speech, Carolyn highlighted that the UK has the once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop policies that both protects people from harm and helps support the UK’s booming digital economy. 

Read Carolyn’s full Media & Telecoms 2019 & Beyond speech

There are three key issues the UK must address on trade, talent and trust to ensure the UK remains a world leader in this sector for decades to come.

During Carolyn’s speech, she stated the future trading relationship for services are both urgent and pressing and the CBI will ensure the voice of creative services is heard loud and clear.

Secondly, the UK’s position as a magnet for the world’s creative and tech talent must be maintained through education reform at home, embracing diversity and getting our future immigration policy right.

Thirdly, in amongst the excitement of all that technology can bring there is a groundswell of mistrust and industry should anticipate a future of greater regulation.

With the government White Paper on Internet Safety Strategy soon to be published, industry has the opportunity to work with government and get this right. The CBI strongly believes any regulation must be targeted, evidenced, proportionate and effective in a fast-changing environment. The test will be whether the UK is able to deliver something the rest of the world wants to replicate.

For more information please contact Susannah.Odell@cbi.org.uk