Access Partnership’s 2019 Tech Policy Trends Study Points to Disruption Through AI, Digital Identity and Smart Cities

Technology Companies already feeling the effects, globally and domestically, of policy shifts and election rhetoric

Access Partnership, a global public policy consultancy for the tech sector, recently released its outlook for the coming year in Tech Policy Trends in 2019, a study looking at digital and cyber policy, artificial intelligence (AI), smart cities, and intelligent healthcare in the EU and around the globe. The report explores how shifts in tech policy could disrupt business globally and highlights several governments’ race to leverage the benefits of AI, digital identity, and smart cities.

Access partnership Managing Director Greg Francis comments: “As we enter the second quarter of 2019, we have already seen some of the policy trends we’ve been studying reflected in public opinion-based forums as well as upcoming electoral rhetoric. Tech policy is no longer the sole province of government sessions and back room bargaining. Public anger is fueled by data and cyber breaches, online misinformation and tax avoidance—driving more tech regulation at a moment of instability in the global economy, whether around protectionism, tariffs, Brexit or otherwise.”

Highlights of Tech Policy Trends in 2019 include:

  • European Digital Policy (such as GDPR) and Taxes still at the forefront of global tech policy changes
  • While the EU struggles to tame tech, it’s still the Wild West in the U.S. and most of the rest of the world
  • Regulation change in the air for online platforms such as Facebook and Google
  • Policy on cyberattacks globally
  • Policy implications for Smart Asian cities, as they continue to get smarter
  • Digital identity as a way to address undocumented people
  • Continuing expansion of the AI ecosystem
  • Healthcare’s AI revolution

Notes Greg Francis: “Though much of what is happening in global tech policy is being driven by careful discussion and legislation in the EU, the implications for us here in the U.S. can be felt in current tech news topics on a daily basis. And while it is considering its options, including adopting European policies and standards, the U.S. might instead want to forge its own path, striking a balance between overregulation and under-regulation. Either of these extremes—one of which kills growth, while the other risks alienating consumers—would land the country in a similar place, characterized by lack of trust and dampened growth.”


About the Study

Tech Policy Trends in 2019 is a compilation of ten deeply researched thought pieces, by ten of Access Partnership’s experts, on various aspects of global technology policy as it affects governments, consumers, and the technology sector.

About Access Partnership

Headquartered in London with offices in Washington, Access Partnership is the world’s leading public policy firm, providing market access for technology. The partners and research team uniquely mixes policy and technical expertise to optimize outcomes for companies operating at the intersection of technology, data, and connectivity.