13 Feb 2014
Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, broadly discusses his involvement with digital issues and the main problems currently facing the UK government in the sector. He relates that his interest in digital matters sprang from parliamentary discussions on the 2010 Digital Economy Act, where, in his view, MPs demonstrated their ignorance of technology. On the subject of surveillance, Huppert argues that GCHQ, while serving an essential mission, needs to engage more with the public in order to enhance its credibility. He ends by noting the tradeoffs between privacy and security in light of the Snowden revelations, and acknowledges that all electronic communications are inherently vulnerable.