Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

The frictionless path between industry and government

Stephen Carter, minister for Communications, Technology & Broadcasting Sector, author of the Digital Britain Report and the Digital Economy Bill that is currently reducing photographers rights and promising the recording industry power by statutory instrument has a new job. In April he'll become Chief Marketing, Strategy and Communication officer at Alcatel-Lucent. Is this a gamekeeper driven out of the preserve by Mandelson's changes to the DEB post consultation or a poacher starting the poaching while they're still a gamekeeper?

When you switch jobs in industry it's common for there to a be a 6 month gap before moving from one company to a competitor; wouldn't it be nice if there was some kind of gap to make sure that those involved in legislation didn't move to somewhere they might be felt to taking advantage of the same legislation for buisness so quickly that it raises eyebrows? After all, Alcatel-Lucent has a lot of interests in various forms of digital distribution which must be affected by the legislation...

Tags: business models, ethics, internet, politics, technology

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