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The Daily Telegraph: Britain must hold firm against Facebook's dangerous ban on news

Article written for the Daily Telegraph - published 18 January 2021 Facebook's decision to ban news media from its main platform in Australia is as dangerous as it is wrongheaded. In a world going through a public health emergency, people need access to the reliable and factual information that is provided by news publishers and organisations. […]

Vaccines progress

This week I met with the Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi, along with other Kent MPs and representatives from the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss the delivery of the COVID vaccine in Kent. The government’s target is that everyone over the age of 70, and all those who are considered to be the […]

We cannot trust Nick Clegg and Facebook to police their own content

Article written for the Daily Telegraph - published 1 February 2021 Sir Nick Clegg has a bridge to sell America. Having spent most of his career, both as a British politician, and now as a spokesman for Facebook, suggesting he offers a unique middle way between two false alternatives, he is now pretending that his […]

Social media failed in duty of care over Capitol Hill riot

Article written for the Times - published 8 January 2021 We should be shocked at the scenes in Washington DC, of protesters storming the Capitol building in order to try and stop Congress from validating the election of Joe Biden to be the next president. These are appalling scenes and an attack on a fair […]

Why we need the Online Harms Bill

Introductory remarks delivered to the 4th meeting of the International Grand Committee on disinformation and data privacy, 2 December 2020 Next year, the UK Parliament will debate a Government Bill to regulate Online Harms and establish that social media companies have a duty of care to their users, which includes the responsibility to act against […]

Action must be taken to ensure the integrity of our electoral process in the digital age

Article by Damian Collins MP and Stephen Kinnock MP for PoliticsHome - published 2 December 2020 We face new threats every day from the digital world, disinformation and fake news to dark ads and financial loopholes. As the Electoral Commission turns 20, we must make sure it’s fit to face the challenges of the future. […]

Anti-vaccination disinformation is harmful and must be addressed in the government’s Online Harms Bill

Written for The House Live / PoliticsHome. Published 18 November 2020 We need social media companies to work proactively to identify and remove harmful disinformation, including anti-vaccine conspiracy theories - not shirk this responsibility. The prospect of mass vaccination against the coronavirus is now close to being a reality, with the news that Pfizer and […]

It’s time to protect journalism from big tech

Published in The Times on 15 October 2020 Last week was Journalism Matters Week – a timely reminder that independent, trusted news sources are crucial to a thriving democracy. But we need to make sure that journalists, producers and publishers get properly paid for their work if we don’t want to see more outlets fold […]

Game is in the grip of civil war and it needs outside help

Article published in The Telegraph on 14 October 2020 Football's current crisis has exposed something that we have known for a long time but failed to resolve - the sport is not run by the Football Association but the chairmen of the professional clubs, each acting in the commercial interests of their own team. And […]

The motives of tech tycoons have been laid bare - now we must act

Article written for the Telegraph, published 30 July 2020 The lobby of the Marriott hotel at Westminster Bridge may seem like an unlikely setting for a significant act in the struggle by policy makers to expose the inner workings of the world's leading tech companies. It was here however, in 2018, that the House of […]

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