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Digital Technology: Regulation

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 1975, tabled on 13 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to update the digital regulatory regime.

Answered on

25 February 2020

The government is making a range of significant updates to the digital regulatory regime to ensure digital technologies work for everyone. This work is guided by the need to promote fair and efficient markets where the benefits of technology are shared widely across communities; ensure the safety and security of those online; and maintain a thriving democracy and society, where pluralism and freedom of expression are fully protected.

Our recent work includes developing measures to address online harms, improving competition in digital markets, and supporting the sustainability of our media industry in the face of new challenges and opportunities presented by digital technologies.

Across our work we will ensure our overarching regulatory regime is fundamentally pro-innovation and agile, adapting dynamically to emerging new technologies. This will build confidence and clarity for businesses and users, and reinforce the UK’s position as a global leader in proportionate and innovation-friendly regulation.

Over the coming months we will engage experts, regulators, industry, and civil society to ensure we have the right tools and institutions in place to respond strategically to the challenges of the digital age.