Digital Working Group

Over the last 20 years, the rapid development and evolution of digital technologies have profoundly transformed our economies and societies.

Further to the emergence of online platforms and social media, which have created unprecedented trading and communications opportunities for businesses, consumers and citizens, we are now witnessing the broader trend of digitalisation, i.e. the penetration of digital technologies across all economic sectors. Driven by powerful technology innovations such as big data, AI and 5G, digitalisation is revolutionising some of Europe’s most prominent strategic sectors, from manufacturing to transport, from pharmaceuticals to agriculture, and offers the promise of tackling some of the most central challenges of our time such as climate change and improved healthcare.  

However, these trends and innovations also bring about new risks and challenges, and are thus facing increasing regulatory scrutiny across the world. Nowhere is this more true than in Europe, which seeks to assert its position as the globe’s leading “tech regulator” with major ongoing or upcoming initiatives on issues such as AI, a reinforced liability regime for online platforms with regards to illegal content, a reform of competition policy and the regulation of large “gatekeeper” platforms, or new rules for the storage and processing of industrial data.

Reflecting the ever-growing importance of these issues, the Digital Working Group (DWG) has been established as a cross chamber WG to ensure that the British Chamber plays an active and visible role in the digital policy making debate which is currently taking place in Brussels, in the UK and globally, helping businesses and traders navigate this complex and rapidly evolving environment to seize the new opportunities that will arise.

DWG Objectives

  • Provide a platform for our members to engage with policymakers, legislators, and other stakeholders on digital issues,
  • Ensure that UK and EU business concerns are taken fully into account when the European institutions legislate on digital issues, and in the future EU-UK negotiations,
  • Explore themes around the wider digital environment, for example the digitalisation of industry, fintech, and the effect of Digital transformation on society as a whole.
  • Engage in a global debate and discussions with actors on the global scene for example the US, Japan, Israel to deepen the discussion in relevant issues.

DWG Priorities

  • Digital and its impact on society
  • Digital and its impact on industry
  • Digital, through the lens of EU regulation
  • Digital within the future UK-EU Relationship
  • Digital the global dimension

Digital Working Group Leadership

  • Elizabeth J. Crossick, Chair
    Benoît Roussel, Vice-Chair
    Aled Williams, Vice-Chair

BritCham lead: