We were delighted to be joined on the 28th of October by Catherine Stihler: CEO of Creative Commons. Many issues were discussed, around a wide range of topics surrounding digitalisation.
It was made clear that we need to look at the nuances between holding companies to account and encouraging innovation. We need to find a balance between priorities such as consumer protection, and innovation. Issues such as responsibility and liability for digital content are often not clarified online.
Key to helping this occur is the ability to enable dialogue between public and private areas of society. Building up public trust in digitalisation is one of the most important tasks, as progress can be stunted otherwise.
The public mood for sharing information in the time of crisis has changed. People are less sceptical of sharing their data if it is to help a cause in a problematic time as shown by track and trace apps.
Moving towards a cashless economy can be a serious problem for people who don’t have access to these things. Some people still don’t have many of the things that are becoming more vital in a cashless society, and need to make sure that they are not left behind. This problem has been made clearer by the digitalisation of society caused by the COVID pandemic.
One of the final questions that was asked was if GDPR slows down innovation? It was the general view at the event that GDPR was the right piece of law, whilst it did have its problems, it is a necessary piece of legislation for the new digital world.
We hope that you enjoyed this free event. If you are interested in becoming a full member of the chamber, which gives access to our EU Committee events, please contact Bernada @ Bernada@Britishchamber.eu
CEO | Creative Commons
Catherine Stihler OBE has been an international champion for openness as a legislator and practitioner for over 20 years.
Born in Scotland, Catherine was educated at St Andrews University, where she was awarded a Master of Arts (MA) with Honours in Geography and International Relations, and later a Master of Letters (MLitt) in International Security Studies. She also has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Open University.
She stood for election as a Member of the European Parliament for Scotland in 1999, representing the Labour Party. At the European Parliament she became one of Scotland’s longest-serving and most respected legislators.
Catherine was elected Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, founded the Campaign for Parliamentary Reform and the parliament’s All-Party Library Group, and was instrumental in securing graphic health warnings on cigarette packets across the EU.
In 2019, Catherine was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of her services to politics.
In 2019, she stood down from the European Parliament to become Chief Executive Officer of the Open Knowledge Foundation. Catherine transformed the Open Knowledge Foundation in just 18 months, redefining its vision and mission to produce a new strategic direction, reengaging its global chapters and increasing the worldwide profile of the organisation.
In August 2020, Catherine was appointed chief executive of Creative Commons, a non-profit organisation that helps overcome legal obstacles to the sharing of knowledge and creativity to address the world’s pressing challenges.