If We Have Financial Services Bills, What Should Be In A Digital Services Bill? – An Exploration Of Digital UK Government & Industry Issues

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The UK opened the North Sea to oil exploration in the 1960’s. Well, if “data is the new oil”, in this webinar Lord Holmes takes the concept of a digital services bill for the new economics seriously. A financial services bill contains provisions on regulated entities, regulated activities, passporting, competition, mutualisation, reporting, investigations, enforcement, and sanctions. There are strong analogues for a Digital Services Bill, well beyond those of any Data Protection Act. Lord Holmes would like to explore with the FS Club community what should such a hypothetical bill cover, what should it exclude, where is it obvious, where is it dangerous to tread. This discussion takes place against a complex changing background of superpower standards, international norms, trade relationships, and, of course, Brexit. The decisions the UK makes could dictate success or failure in financial services, but also health, consumer sales, information processing, and all the technology wrapped up in the “4th Industrial Revolution” hype. Join us and share your thoughts.


Lord Chris Holmes is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer winning a total of 9 golds, 5 silvers and 1 bronze. He was also Director of Paralympic Integration, responsible for the organisation of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Chris is a passionate advocate for the potential of technology and the benefits of diversity and inclusion. He campaigns for more accessible environments for disabled people and has conducted an independent review for the government that made recommendations on opening up public appointments to disabled people.

In Parliament he has been a member of House of Lords Select Committees: Democracy and Digital Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Skills, Social Mobility and Financial Exclusion. He is co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on: Assistive Technology, Fintech, Blockchain, AI and the 4th Industrial Revolution. Through his Private Members Bill Chris is working to end the injustice of unpaid internships. Chris is also Deputy Chair of Channel 4, Diversity Adviser to the Civil Service and Chancellor of BPP University.

Friday, 23 April 2021

12:00 - 12:45 BST


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    Lord Chris Holmes
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