What does the Industrial Strategy say about a low carbon strategy in the UK?

  • Posted on 9th February 2017
What does the Industrial Strategy say about a low carbon strategy in the UK?

To a rather muted fanfare, the British Government published its industrial strategy green paper last month. As far as the energy and climate change audience were concerned, in the run-up to the publication of the strategy, the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Department (BEIS) – a department still in its infancy – was essentially facing two challenges: would it showcase…

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Robots and liability issues: the future regulatory framework

  • Posted on 30th June 2016
Robots and liability issues: the future regulatory framework

Robots are rapidly gaining public visibility as their development accelerates in conjunction with recent innovations in the domains of artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine-to-machine and machine-to-human interaction. The annual increase in the uptake of industrial and service robots is rapidly becoming a subject of political debate both in national and European fora. There is currently no specific legislation in place…

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Regulatory Sandbox – a new form of policymaking

  • Posted on 7th December 2015
Regulatory Sandbox – a new form of policymaking

The ways and means in which regulation is developed and implemented in the internet age have changed. Regulation across the globe can only follow the rapid expansion of new innovation and business models in, for example, online short-term rentals or car-sharing platforms. There is a continuing trend towards companies developing an idea and going to the market with it fast,…

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Regulation and policy take centre stage at TCT 3D printing show

  • Posted on 2nd November 2015
Regulation and policy take centre stage at TCT 3D printing show

According to recent research by management consultancy A.T. Kearney, the global market for 3D printing is set to grow from $4.5 billion today to $17.2 billion by 2020. With this rapid growth will come added scrutiny from policy makers and regulators. To support its long term growth, and for the industry to fulfil its remarkable potential, a supportive regulatory and…

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Tech matters – a look ahead to the General Election and beyond

  • Posted on 2nd March 2015
Tech matters – a look ahead to the General Election and beyond

The technology sector has rightly become a source of optimism for all UK politicians in recent years. Rapid growth, job creation and sustained investment have become the norm. Recently published statistics from Tech City UK in its Tech Nation report indicate that digital job growth in the UK will outperform all other occupation categories by 2020. In addition, 1.46 million…

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Drones Without Borders: Future Common Standards in the EU?

  • Posted on 15th October 2014
Drones Without Borders: Future Common Standards in the EU?

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), more commonly referred to as ‘civil drones’ or ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ (UAVs), can perform tasks that manned systems are sometimes unable to perform. They can be useful for surveillance purposes, border control, agriculture, firefighting, or media and entertainment, amongst other applications. The EU and some of its Member States have in recent years acknowledged the…

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Bright future for alternative finance following Osborne’s announcement

  • Posted on 28th August 2014
Bright future for alternative finance following Osborne’s announcement

The American business magazine, Forbes, recently crowned London ‘the world’s most influential city’, paying special attention to the role it plays in leading innovation in technology. The accolade comes on the coattails of Chancellor George Osborne announcing the launch of a major new trade body for the UK FinTech industry, in London’s Canary Wharf.   The new organisation, called Innovate…

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Dark pools and the push for transparency

  • Posted on 14th July 2014
Dark pools and the push for transparency

Goldman Sachs received an $800,000 fine from US regulators a fortnight ago for failing to meet the guidelines for trading within a private forum. Private trading platforms, commonly known as dark pools, now account for 15% of all US trading over 40 closed exchanges. Regulators are beginning to take note and see how they can limit the risk involved.  …

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Wearable technology: market growth, rapid innovation and developing policy

  • Posted on 11th July 2014
Wearable technology: market growth, rapid innovation and developing policy

Clothes which measure your heart rate and locate you via GPS while you run. Smart watches that can be used as an extension of your smartphone. The ability to access the internet with your glasses.  These are just a few examples of the most recent wearable technology devices.   But is there enough demand for these innovative products? According to…

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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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