On 13th October 2022 I gave evidence in person at the House of Lords, to the Communication and Digital Select Committee’s Creative Future Inquiry. It was nerve wracking, but I was prepared, thanks to excellent briefing materials, and our previous written submission, from team Creative Informatics. The transcript is available, and you can even watch it again: here’s a picture of me on that there Parliament TV.
The full report from the committee, At risk: Our Creative Future, dropped in January 2023. It stressed that, although
the UK has long been seen as a global leader in the creative sector, rapid technological advances are changing the nature of the creative industries, and international competition is rising… Unless the Government starts taking the sector more seriously, the fundamentals that underpin our success will deteriorate and our competitiveness will decline.
I’m really pleased that our evidence shines through the resulting report and recommendations. Something I said was even quoted in the body of the report, page 11:
Now let’s see if the government and funding agencies listen…