Regulatory battles accelerate in the peer-to-peer car sector

  • Posted on 30th June 2014
Regulatory battles accelerate in the peer-to-peer car sector

In recent weeks there have been numerous regulatory developments in the peer-to-peer car sector. The ongoing regulatory battles of Uber and Lyft, in particular, are grabbing the headlines and have illustrated how this is an area in which the regulatory environment is far from settled. The disruptive business models of such companies, all underpinned by advances in technology, are forcing…

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The global race for drone regulation

  • Posted on 27th June 2014
The global race for drone regulation

About a year ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon were testing unmanned drones – called Octopers – to start delivering packages to customers in five years’ time. This announcement gave Amazon a PR boost; and was perhaps also initiated in the hope of raising awareness around businesses being given authorisation to use drones commercially. According to the US…

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European energy market integration needs an action agenda

  • Posted on 25th June 2014
European energy market integration needs an action agenda

The EU needs to make the single European energy market a reality. But to achieve this, it will need to concentrate more on incentivising investment, infrastructure and technical issues rather than on grand political gestures.   On Thursday and Friday of this week, European heads of government will meet in Ypres and Brussels. Inevitably Iraq/ Syria and the European Commission Presidency…

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Virtual currency prospers in Asia: Will China follow?

  • Posted on 25th June 2014
Virtual currency prospers in Asia: Will China follow?

Last Thursday, Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) announced that it is not currently looking to regulate virtual currency. This is a significant announcement as there previously was uncertainty over how state officials, particularly in Japan, would react following the collapse of the leading Japanese Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox and the loss of over $420 million worth of Bitcoins.   House…

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The growth of robots in the workplace and the regulatory dilemma

  • Posted on 24th June 2014
The growth of robots in the workplace and the regulatory dilemma

What was once considered a far-off fantasy is now fast becoming reality.  Robots will soon become an integral part of our working lives, and not just in traditional automotive sectors. Inevitably this will have far-reaching consequences for consumers, corporations and governments. This article looks at what is driving the commercialisation of robots, and how governments and corporates are responding.  …

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London Technology Week puts the spotlight on tech in the capital

  • Posted on 20th June 2014
London Technology Week puts the spotlight on tech in the capital

The inaugural London Technology Week comes to a close today. Featuring over 200 events, the week-long showcase has shone a light on many of the innovative companies who are thriving in London. More broadly it has underlined the growing sense that London is fast becoming one of the leading tech centres in the world. Former Mayor of New York, Michael…

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3D printing regulation: should governments intervene?

  • Posted on 19th June 2014
3D printing regulation: should governments intervene?

From guns to body parts,3D printing technology has introduced a digital manufacturing revolution, which is already disrupting some of our well-established industries. Companies are now able to print silicone, latex, ceramic, clay, play dough, Nutella, or icing sugar. In the medical field, 3D printing brings the ability to print replacement body parts, organs, skin and bones. NASA has recently purchased a…

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Reforming the EU ETS: It’s only just begun

  • Posted on 18th June 2014
Reforming the EU ETS: It’s only just begun

Things may be looking up for the EU’s “flagship” climate policy instrument. But much more needs to be done from the autumn.   The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was on its knees 12 months ago. The European Emission Allowance (EUA) price had fallen to less than €3. The European Commission’s backloading measure, a sticking-plaster to give the market a…

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Driverless cars: Rush to promote testing through regulation

  • Posted on 17th June 2014
Driverless cars: Rush to promote testing through regulation

The development of driverless cars has seen a resurgence of interest of late. This is no doubt partly due to the publicity Google generated from trialling the concept. But how have regulators reacted to the idea of driverless cars. Will regulation stand in the way or facilitate this giant leap forward in transport innovation?   The ambitious Google project is…

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UK moves ahead with crowdfunding regulation

  • Posted on 16th June 2014
UK moves ahead with crowdfunding regulation

The Financial Times recently reported that the amount lent by peer-to-peer websites internationally was almost $3bn in 2013, up from around $100m in 2007. There has been an equally impressive growth in the estimated number of crowdfunding websites, which have grown from 1,100 to 2,700 in the last year alone.   It is no surprise, therefore, that governments and regulators…

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