The Policy Download

The weekly summary of tech policy and politics from Taso Advisory
Issue 50 / 29 April 2022
 Feature story 

The EU agrees on the Digital Services Act (link)

The European Institutions reached a political agreement on the Digital Services Act on Saturday night. Again, the EU has pipped the UK to the post on major tech regulation.

We don't yet have the final text of the DSA (it is being "fine tuned"), so it's hard to be critical of it yet. Broadly speaking, I much prefer the approach of the DSA to the Online Safety Bill - particularly the focus on illegal content rather than on "legal but harmful" content. 

A question I'll be watching closely is how far the UK will now choose to diverge from the EU as the OSB makes its way through Parliament. At a presentation I gave this week I was asked whether I thought businesses might just comply with EU rules and not bother with the UK. I think they might. 
 Other stories this week 

Elon Musk, free speech, and Twitter (link)

In case you hadn't heard, Elon Musk bought Twitter. He wants it to be a bastion of free speech, without bots and with an edit button. I'm taking over / unders on how long this lasts.  

Changing the rules for streaming (link)

The Government is planning to update the rules for broadcast, including taking an online harms approach to content through the further regulation of video on demand services. Online harms are everywhere!  
 Next week in Parliament 

Parliament is prorogued ahead of the Queen's Speech. 
What we've been reading and listening to

Bryan Burrough and John Helyar: Barbarians at the Gate
 Our recent work 
Webinar on the Online Safety Bill with Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP

We hosted, with Wiggin LLP, a webinar on the Online Safety Bill. If you'd like to discuss what came out of it, drop me a line

Online Safety Bill amendments

We've been working with a few clients on the likely changes to the Bill, and to support the drafting of potential amendments. If we can help, let us know. 

If you'd like a conversation about how either Taso Advisory can support you, please just get in touch
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