If Brexit is going to happen what can we get out of it for the tech sector? I didn’t vote for Brexit, I campaigned for the other side. But the world’s moved on. I’d like to start talking to tech and digital people who want to make something out of Brexit. There must be opportunities there, surely? But it’s hard to pick them out amongst the understandable sturm und drang.
Just about every law in the tech sector came from Brussels. All these may be up for amendment and change. But do we trust the government to get it right? What should we be campaigning for? What can we learn from other countries with specialised tech sectors? How do our SMEs get a voice? If we can seek our own way on a whole host of areas from data protection to telecoms regulation to procurement what would it look like to give us not just business as usual but comparative advantage? In an outbreak of ‘free trade’ how do we prevent a race to the bottom and protect and enhance citizens rights? Transition will be turbulent, but how can we help shape something worth it on the other side?
Join me for a discussion with some wine (almost certainly not British, will find someone neutral to pay for it) at Tramshed Tech in Cardiff. I’ll moderate the discussion to keep it productive and as positive as possible - I expect everyone coming to contribute somehow so am keeping this to a manageable size. If we get oversubscribed I’ll put on another one.
I’m a former senior civil servant, international bureaucrat (sounds like a terrible superhero) and now on my third tech startup. It used to be my job to advise any government that came along on technology policy and i worked for both the Conservatives and Labour.
Seeing both sides is what I do.