Chair of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee, Member of UK Parliament
Damian Collins has served as the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010. In October 2016 he was elected by the House of Commons as Chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, having previously served as a member of the committee. In this role he led the committee’s inquiries into doping in sport, fake news, football governance, homophobia in sport and the impact of Brexit on the creative industries and tourism. Damian is also the Chairman of the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network. During the Coalition government Damian served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the then Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond. From 2012 to 2014 he was PPS to the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers.
Damian’s career before politics was in the advertising and communications industries, mostly at the M&C Saatchi advertising agency. Damian has written for The Times, The Daily Telegraph and Newsweek, and his first book, ‘Charmed Life: The Phenomenal World of Philip Sassoon’, was published by HarperCollins in 2016.
The development of information and communication technologies poses a growing challenge for national administrations and international organisations. The spread of artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and the “Wild West” of social media and on-line platforms requires a truly visionary approach in setting the appropriate level of ambition for future policies regulating these phenomena. How can we prevent risks stemming from the development of technologies from becoming insurmountable problems? How can we ensure an on-line environment that is safe and secure without infringing on the right to freedom of speech and expression? Can exclusively national solutions even be effective or should we focus on international regulations?