Digital technology and the Internet have had a profound impact on the way we think about intellectual property and privacy. Governments struggle to conciliate the different demands of businesses and citizens in what is often a strident, ideological debate.

Policy arguments need to be based on broad foundations. Law, ethics and economics must inform one another, but the advocate must also get to grips with technological detail. Many perceived legal problems relating to the Internet result from confusion about the facts, not conceptual defects in the law.

Over two decades in Brussels, London and Geneva, Thomas Dillon has worked on many legislative issues, giving policy and legislative advice to politicians and officials at all levels.