How will Brexit affect UK life online?

ORG London
ORG London
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It may not make the headlines, but Brexit’s impact on UK life online will be a gamechanger. Join us for a night with Open Rights Group to discuss how leaving the European Union will affect how UK residents experience the Internet.


Javier Ruiz, Policy Director at Open Rights Group

Javier will explain how post-Brexit international trade deals with the United States and other countries could impact UK rights online. Trade agreements increasingly include clauses to promote digital trade, which unfortunately tend to translate into weakening the protection of the personal data of ordinary people and increasing the protections on the algorithms and trade secrets of businesses. Entering these agreements will put the UK in a difficult position as it strives to maintain the current arrangements for data flows with the EU.

Duncan McCann, Senior Researcher at New Economics Foundation

Duncan will speak on the potential impacts to the digital economy as well as potential trade offs of the UK needing to urgently sign trade agreements with the US and the EU. The UK needs to sign deals fast to demonstrate that the UK is open for business in a post Brexit environment. However this will only be achievable if some or all of the US and EU demands are conceded on, in areas such as food security, access to the NHS or data protection. We will explore some of the ways forward. Duncan will also highlight briefly some of the wider impacts of the digital trade chapters beyond digital privacy.

Mike Morel, Campaigns Manager at Open Rights Group

Mike will provide an overview of EU laws and institutions that currently influence UK rights to free speech online and digital privacy. Find out which protections will disappear, which will remain, and what could happen in a no-deal scenario.