Max Beverton-Palmer is Head of Internet Policy at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. His work focuses on digital government, the global governance of tech, content and online harms, and democracy tech and participation. He was previously Head of Digital Policy at Sky, leading policy in the UK and EU on online advertising, internet safety, and online regulation, as well as working with technology and product teams on ethical responsibility of design. He started his career at the UK communications regulator, Ofcom, working on broadcast regulation, net neutrality, broadband infrastructure and spectrum.
- Political strategy: The fellowship offers a fantastic opportunity to connect up academic research with broader political debates. We are consciously political in our policy work; I see my role as turning recommendations and academic thinking into something politically actionable.
- Collaboration: As far as possible we want our policy recommendations to be radical (but implementable). My objective would be to use the meetings to creatively test radical ideas and collaboratively build solutions, based on the work of the other fellows and academic experts.
- Research expertise: I have mapped out a specific work programme for the next year (reflected in the questions below). We’re a small team and drawing on the deep research of the University would enhance our ability to create transformative recommendations.
Multi-disciplinary approach: Cambridge University has particular experts in digital government, in geopolitics and tech innovation that I would like to work with. The call for multi-disciplinary policy making has become a truism, but my objective from the meetings would be to put that into practice.