Last month I blogged about the Liberal Democrats setting up a policy working group looking at information technology and in particular its implication for intellectual property (see my post along with a copy of the consultation paper).
My email inbox today brought me the news that I’ve been appointed one of the members of the Policy Working Group, which is being chaired by Julian Huppert MP. (I don’t yet know who the other members of the group are.)
I’m really looking forward to this, especially as this is an area of policy neglected by the otherwise excellent Why Vote Liberal Democrat? book published earlier this year. As I wrote in my review of it:
Since 1997 the internet has grown hugely, influencing many of the areas talked about in the book and bringing great economic and social changes. Yet it barely gets a mention. Unfair extradition rules deserve condemnation, and it’s a minor coup to have got Gary Mckinnon’s mother to contribute a piece, but whilst we have a piece on extradition and nothing on the internet and the digital era it’s a book that feels unbalanced.
There is a consultation session on the party’s policy coming up on Saturday as part of the Liverpool conference. It is 10am – 12:30pm, Grace Suite 3, Liverpool Hilton. Hope to see you there.