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Policy priorities for supporting emerging technology in the UK - regulation, innovation, adoption, and cross-sector collaboration

Morning, Thursday, 11th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will look at priorities for regulating emerging technology in the UK following the publication of Digital Regulation: Driving growth and unlocking innovation from DCMS, which outlines the overall policy vision for governing digital technologies as well as plans for a more coherent and streamlined regulatory landscape.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Gary Clemo, Director, Data Innovation, Ofcom; as well as Sana Khareghani, Head, Office for Artificial Intelligence; Dr Scott Steedman, Director-General, Standards, British Standards Institute; and Dr Peter Waggett, Director, Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation, IBM.

Overall, sessions in the agenda look at:

  • the impact of emerging technology on the shifting landscape for regulation
  • legal, policy, security, and regulatory priorities - stakeholder views on supporting innovation while understanding risks, regulatory agility, IP, and strategies for effective knowledge sharing across sectors
  • supporting adoption:
    • the practical impact of emerging technology on solving real-world challenges
    • skills development and promoting career paths
  • priorities for research and development and tackling barriers to cross-sector collaboration
  • supporting innovation, facilitating investment in emerging technologies, and engagement across the public and private sectors
  • policy priorities - including the way forward for cross-sector standardisation and promoting the UK’s role as a global leader in the development and use of emerging tech

We also expect discussion on how the regulatory framework can most effectively support the use of emerging technology in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and as part of wider policy initiatives, such as sustainability and net-zero ambitions.


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; the Competition and Markets Authority; the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; Defra; the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the Department for International Trade; the Department for Transport; the Department of Health and Social Care; the Geospatial Commission; the Government Communications Headquarters; the Government Legal Department; the Health and Safety Executive; HM Revenue & Customs; the Home Office; the Information Commissioner’s Office; the Intellectual Property Office; the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency; the Military Aviation Authority; the Ministry of Defence; the Ministry of Justice; the National Crime Agency; Ofcom; the Office for Life Sciences; the Office for Product Safety and Standards; the UK Space Agency; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from AIRTO; ARPAS-UK; Arqiva; BT; Burges Salmon; Cardiff Metropolitan University; Connected Places Catapult; Gemserv; Healys; Innovate UK; Liverpool John Moores University; Loughborough University; Russells; The Chartered Institute for IT; University College London; and Wiggin.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Satellite Evolution Group and ZDNet.

For this conference, as is typical of our meetings, we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group comprised of Members of both Houses of Parliament, and senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with regulators, as well as from other stakeholders in artificial intelligence, immersive technologies, spectrum, and quantum development including tech companies, investment groups, engineering firms, IT and software developers, law firms and patent attorneys, consultancy groups, social media companies, telecoms and media groups, market researchers, transport groups, as well as researchers in academia and higher education, as well as reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Dr Peter Waggett

Director, Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation, IBM; and Chair, British Standards Biometrics Committee, BSI

Dr Scott Steedman

Director-General, Standards, British Standards Institution

Keynote Speakers

Dr Peter Waggett

Director, Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation, IBM; and Chair, British Standards Biometrics Committee, BSI

Gary Clemo

Director, Data Innovation, Ofcom

Sana Khareghani

Head, Office for Artificial Intelligence

Dr Scott Steedman

Director-General, Standards, British Standards Institution


Sue Daley

Director, Tech and Innovation, techUK

Matt Hervey

Partner and Head of Artificial Intelligence Law, Gowling WLG

Robert Franks

Managing Director, West Midlands 5G

Julia Ward

Head of Strategic Alliances, F-Secure

Dr Alexandra Brintrup

Lecturer in Digital Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

Dr Nicola Mazzarotto

Partner, Global Head of Economics, KPMG

Ruth Steinholtz

Managing Partner, AretéWork; and Co-Author, Ethical Business Practice & Regulation