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Kentish Express: MP welcomes plans to bring in the Navy

Article by Steve Waite for the Kentish Express - published 20 January 2022 The district's MP has backed plans to put the Navy in charge of reducing the number of asylum seekers reaching UK shores in small boats. It is claimed that some people crossing the Channel could also be sent to resettle in Africa, […]

Getting meta all the time

Article written for Mace Magazine - published 19 January 2022 On 28 October, Facebook changed its corporate nameto Meta and staked its claim to become the company of the Metaverse.It was the same time its global head of safety, Antigone Davis, gave evidence to the UK Parliament’s joint select committee on the Online Safety Bill, […]

Royal Navy in the Channel

Wednesday 19 January 2022 Earlier this week the Government announced that the Royal Navy will be given primacy over all other government agencies operating within the English Channel to help tackle the surge of migrants entering the country illegally from France. It is important that policy evolves with the situation and although plans are still […]

Proper regulation won’t suppress freedom of speech online – it will protect it

Article written for CapX - published 13 January 2022 This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Capitol Hill riots in which five people died. It’s a stark reminder that dangerous behaviour online can metastasise into real-world violence. Plenty of other examples can be found closer to home, like the racist abuse of England footballers after […]

Nuclear Energy Bill

Thursday 13 January 2022 This winter I know that many people are concerned about the rising cost of energy, and rightly so. Nobody should face unaffordable energy bills for using a reasonable amount of electricity, and the government has measures in place to support those who need it: from Winter Fuel Payments to the Warm […]

Happy New Year 2022

Thursday 6 January 2022 I would like to send my best wishes to all readers for the New Year. I’m sure we all want 2022 to be the year where we finally emerge from the pandemic and can live with and effectively manage any future variants of the covid virus. Our scientists have now reached […]

New Statesman: What’s illegal offline must be illegal online, says Damian Collins

Article by Sarah Dawood for the New Statesman - published 15 December 2021 More online behaviour should be made illegal and fall under the scope of internet safety law, says Damian Collins, chair of the joint committee on the draft Online Safety Bill. The joint committee is made up of MPs and peers and has […]

Omicron

Wednesday 15 December 2021 As you will have seen in the news, the Chief Medical Officer has raised the UK COVID Alert to Level 4 due to the rapid spread of the new highly infectious Omicron variant, with cases of this strain doubling every two to three days. Folkestone and Hythe is no exception to […]

Big tech must help make the internet safer — or else

Published in the The Times on 14 December 2021 As the father of two children, aged 14 and 12, their safety now, and the nature of the world we are building for them for the future, are my main concerns. The internet is already central to how most of us stay connected, access information, work and […]

Daily Telegraph: Duty of Care laws ‘must prevent removal of legitimate news from social media’

Article by Mike Wright and Charles Hymas for the Daily Telegraph - published 14 December 2021 The Duty of Care Bill must protect news publishers from having articles removed from social media sites, MPs and peers have demanded. A joint parliamentary committee which has been examining the Government’s proposed internet laws, said bona fide journalistic […]

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