As chair of the Law Reform Committee of the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society, I am constantly reading government consultations, white papers, draft bills and select committee reports.

One that particularly stands out is the report of the Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies, Digital Technology and the Resurrection of Trust (published June 2020). The select committee was chaired by Lord Puttnam.

The report contains a compelling narrative which highlights the need for wider debate. At 153 pages and 77,000 words, it is the same length of an average novel. As Lord Puttnam explains: “It took 77,000 [words] to explain the complexity of the issues, and it is an exercise in complexity”.

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