It's hard to imagine a group less likely to have voted for Brexit than the people running London's tech start-ups.International, smart, metropolitan: London's tech entrepreneurs might be just those 'citizens of nowhere' who were criticised by Prime Minister Theresa May in a speech a few months after the UK voted to leave the EU. But they have also provided much of the energy behind the capital's tech start-up success story over the past few years. And many are now trying to figure out what to do next. Brexit and tech: Three scenarios from alright to awful Tech after Brexit: Where do we go from here? Brexit: Get ready for skills shortages and lost business, warn analysts Brexit spells turbulence for cloud computing: 6 stormy scenarios About a third of London's tech workers are from beyond the UK, and around one in five is from the European Union (so many of them weren't eligible for a vote in the referendum anyway). Start-ups with teams made up of a dozen or more nationalities … [Read more...] about The Brexit dilemma: Will London’s start-ups stay or go?
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The entire world is going to be affected by the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union. But it is possible that the LGBTQ community in Europe will be impacted in a particularly sharp way. Nia Griffith, a member of Parliament who is the Labour Party's Shadow Minister for Wales, came out publicly for the first time earlier this year, disclosing her sexuality at an event for LGBTQ MPs, according to Pink News. She told me by email that she fears what Brexit will mean for LGBTQ rights in two ways: first, that it will weaken the influence that the more LGBTQ-friendly UK has on more socially conservative countries in Eastern Europe, and second, that it will harm LGBTQ Europeans living in Britain. Currently, only 12 of 28 EU members allow same-sex marriages, and seven countries even ban same-sex marriage in their constitutions. Six don't even recognize civil partnerships, and gay adoption is legal in only 13 EU states. The European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, … [Read more...] about How Brexit could make life worse for Europe’s LGBTQ community
The looming referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union is the dominant subject in UK politics right now. With the date of the poll set for June 23, much of the debate is headed up by politicians, with Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne campaigning to stay in -- along with the majority of the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, and Greens.Meanwhile, the 'leave' campaign has found a tousle-haired figurehead in London mayor Boris Johnson, plus Conservatives Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith (along with many of the party's rank and file members). Unsurprisingly, UKIP leader Nigel Farage is also campaigning for an EU exit.Along with political issues, the outcome of the poll will substantially impact the technology industry. And a recent survey by technology industry trade body techUK suggested that the vast majority of UK tech firms wish for the country to stay part of the EU. According to those who wish to … [Read more...] about In or out? Do UK tech companies really want to leave or stay in the EU?
What is GDPR? Everything you need to know about the new general data protection regulations General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is coming. Here's what it means, how it'll impact individuals and businesses. Read More Brexit means Brexit, according to the prime minister, but with little more than a year until 29 March 2019 -- the date the UK is due to depart the European Union -- there are still many questions to be answered for cybersecurity professionals.One thing that is certain is that the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will still apply to the UK after Brexit, but aside from that, there's little solid detail on the sort of deal that's going to be reached with the European Union; much will depend on the ongoing negotiations.The cybersecurity industry shares many of the same concerns over Brexit as the wider technology sector does, including a fear of skill shortages, but there's also the looming issue of what happens in the fight against cybercrime … [Read more...] about Cybersecurity and Brexit: What does it mean for the fight against hackers?
It's becoming increasingly clear that supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a political mistake--even if you live in Europe. European Commission vice president and European Union Internet czar Neelie Kroes tweeted today that she's happy to see the "tide is turning on SOPA," adding that we "don't need bad legislation when (we) should be safeguarding benefits of (the) open Internet." That "tide" came on quite strong recently, with major Web sites, including Google and Wikipedia, staging protests and attracting Web users to stand behind them. Things have become so difficult on the SOPA and Protect IP Act (PIPA) fronts that earlier today, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) announced that they would put both bills on hold due to the critical outcry. Related stories SOPA halted in House Senate vote on PIPA is postponed SOPA foes warn not much time left to act "It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves … [Read more...] about EU Internet czar piles on, says SOPA is bad news