On 17 November 2021, the Telecommunications (Security) Act 2021 (the “Security Act”) was passed into law.
The Security Act will amend the existing security duties under the Communications Act 2003 (the “Communications Act”) which are applicable to providers of Public Electronic Communications Networks (“PECNs”)
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Introduction

Over the past few years, new innovations under the umbrella term of decentralised finance (“DeFi”) has caught the attention of retail investors, financial institutions and regulators alike. DeFi generally refers to financial products and services which are powered by distributed ledger technologies and  provide permissionless peer-to-peer access to users.
Continue Reading Decentralised Exchanges: The relevant considerations when mapping out how DEXs might be regulated

The pace of movement towards cloud based service solutions seems to be unrelenting, and encompasses solutions of increasing value and criticality. There is accordingly a lot more discussion and negotiation concerning the contract terms which would govern such services. However, whilst much attention will understandably focus upon important themes such
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Background: Initial Call for Views and UK Government Response

Earlier this year DLA Piper reported on the UK government’s response to its consultation on AI and potential amendments to existing intellectual property law. The initial call for views sought to gain insight into how individuals and organisations believe that AI
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What is the metaverse and why is it important?

The metaverse: the next generation successor to the mobile internet. Made up of shared, online, and persistent digital spaces, [1] the metaverse can be conceptualised as a combination of digital layers over the physical world (think Pokémon Go), immersive worlds we
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Background

On 30 September, the Competition and Consumer (Consumer Data Right) Rules 2020 (Cth) were amended[1] with the aim of lowering barriers of entry to Consumer Data Right regime (CDR) participation, as foreshadowed by the Australian Treasury’s prior proposal in April and related exposure draft legislation released
Continue Reading CDR v3: Australian Treasury moves to expand access to the Consumer Data Right regime

Background

With the implementation of the Consumer Data Right (CDR) in the banking sector (known as ‘Open Banking’) well under way, the release of draft amendments to the CDR rules for the energy sector, and the continuing development of the framework for implementing the CDR in the telecommunications sector,
Continue Reading Consumer Data Right pipeline to cast a wide net

A jet aircraft for the mind

Of the many stories about Steve Jobs at Apple, one that resonates with the authors is his early ‘80s description of computers as a ‘bicycle for the mind’. Jobs had seen a chart showing that many animals were much faster and more efficient moving
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Introduction

The UK Government-backed Jurisdiction Taskforce of LawtechUK (UKJT), chaired by Sir Geoffrey Vos, Master of the Rolls, recently published its Digital Dispute Resolution Rules (the Rules), following consultation with legal and industry stakeholders.

The Rules, which can be incorporated into on-chain digital relationships and smart contracts, are designed to
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