Policy Fellowship for Max Beverton-Palmer

Director, Internet Policy Unit, The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (view profile)

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.


  • 1. Digital government and the 21c state
  • 1.a. What would a radical vision for the structures of the tech-enabled state in 2030 look like?
  • 1.b. How can technology break down power structures and inequalities in government and in public services?
  • 1.c. Government as a platform: Would investment in digital government aid economic recovery and growth?
  • 2. The geopolitics of tech
  • 2.1. Should we and can we build new multinational systems of cooperation that include big tech as well as nation states?
  • 2.2. How do you address potential problems with the way internet standards are decided and negotiated. I.e. the design of the open forums mean that it’s often big tech and increasingly the Chinese government dictating global standards, and the way we all interact with technology
  • 2.3. How should social sciences be reflected in technology standards developments? Does politics belong here?
  • 3. The regulation of information
  • 3.1. How does the press fit into a future model of internet regulation?
  • 3.2. The interaction between law, regulation, AI ethics and moderation: Are private company codes of conduct, or community standards more effective drivers the vanguard of diversity and equality, than law and regulation? E.g. LGBT+ equality
  • 26 Oct 2020 18:00

    Overnight Accommodation at West Court, Jesus College

  • 27 Oct 2020 08:30 – 08:50

    Meeting with Erica Pramauro, Policy Fellowships Manager, Centre for Science and Policy


    The Locker Cafe, 54 King St

  • 27 Oct 2020 09:00 – 10:00

    Meeting with David Knight, Head of Supply Chains Hub, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


  • 27 Oct 2020 10:30 – 11:30

    Meeting with Dr John Mason

  • 27 Oct 2020 11:30 – 12:00

    Meeting with Dr Christopher Markou, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer


  • 27 Oct 2020 12:30 – 13:00

    Meeting with Professor David Erdos, University Associate Professor in Law and the Open Society, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge


    Trinity Hall Trinity Lane Cambridge CB2 1TJ

  • 27 Oct 2020 14:00 – 15:00

    Meeting with Dr Luke Roberts, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Resolve Consultants Limited.


  • 27 Oct 2020 17:00 – 17:45

    Meeting with Professor Ying Jin, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Director, Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge


  • 27 Oct 2020 18:00

    Overnight Accommodation at West Court, Jesus College

  • 28 Oct 2020 09:30 – 10:30

    Meeting with Dr Tanya Filer, Research Leader: Digital State, Bennett Institute for Public Policy


  • 28 Oct 2020 12:00 – 12:40

    Meeting with Professor Dame Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge


    Her office- The Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

  • 28 Oct 2020 13:00 – 13:30

    Meeting with Dr David Cleevely, Chair, Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub


  • 28 Oct 2020 14:00 – 15:00

    Meeting with Dr Julian Huppert, Director of the Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge


    Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BL (meet in Julian's room - enter through West Court entrance off Jesus Lane, go up the main staircase to the 1st floor, and his room is straight in front of you to the right of the elevator.

  • 28 Oct 2020 15:00 – 15:45

    Meeting with Dr David Good, Former Director for Research, Global Challenges Initiative, University of Cambridge


  • 28 Oct 2020 16:00 – 17:00

    Meeting with Professor Jennifer Gabrys, Professor of Media, Culture and Environment, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge


  • 28 Oct 2020 18:00

    (optional) Overnight Accommodation at West Court, Jesus College