Damian Collins

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg exits the Rayburn House Office Building following his testimony to Congress in April on Capitol Hill in Washington. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

This month, Mark Zuckerberg announced that his pledge for this new year is to “host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society”. He added that he intends to “try different formats to keep it interesting”, and we in Britain would like to suggest such an event for him.

Perhaps he could present information in our Parliament to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee that I head — something he refused to do in 2018. Or if that doesn’t work for him, I would be happy to reconvene the special International Grand Committee, which met at the House of Commons in November and included lawmakers from Britain, Canada, Ireland, France, Latvia, Brazil, Argentina and Singapore.…  Seguir leyendo »

How failure after failure let down refugees in the Calais

French authorities have begun the process of demolishing the migrant camp known as the Calais Jungle, and it is clear that the final few hours of this center are going to be just as big a disgrace as its previous existence.

I visited the Jungle earlier this month, just after President François Hollande had said that the camp would be closed down.

In light of this announcement, you might have expected that there would be official information points for the migrants, telling them about the alternative accommodation that the French authorities said they would provide, what they needed to do in order to be moved there, and encouraging them to leave straight away.…  Seguir leyendo »