Research theme

Technology law and policy

The current regulatory climate for digital technology seems to be moving in the direction of more regulation, but many of the far-reaching proposals for change have significant flaws. Those flaws often result from technologists misunderstanding how the law works and from lawyers and policy analysts not understanding technology. Few among the perceived problems associated with technology can be addressed by the law. Failure to accept that poses a risk not just to some abstract notion of ‘innovation’. It threatens the essence of the opportunities we now have to communicate, to form communities, and to work or trade. It also threatens our security and privacy.

In my work on technology law and policy, I build on my background in UK and EU public law, legal philosophy and technology.

My current projects involve assessing the proposed EU Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, as well as the UK Online Safety Bill. I am particularly concerned with the protection of freedom of speech and freedom of association, as well as with the issues of information security.

I also work on the proposed special regulatory frameworks for artificial intelligence.

My current teaching includes:

  • Ethics and Regulation of Artificial Intelligence — a compulsory module on the MSc in AI course offered by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Surrey.
  • Privacy and Data Governance — an optional module for final-year law students at the University of Surrey School of Law.

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