Sadiq Khan is the first British politician to speak at SXSW

The London mayor plans to take technology companies to task about regulating themselves.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called out technology companies and the government for not being above the law in terms of regulation in his talk at SXSW.

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The Labour politician – the first British politician to speak at the arts and culture festival – also criticised the government for “sitting on their hands while the tech revolution has happened around them”, reports The Guardian.


He was referring specifically to regulating technology giants like Apple, Facebook and Google – all of which have bases in London. He said: “There’s been a dereliction of duty on the part of politicians and policymakers to ensure that the rapid growth in technology is utilised and steered in a direction that benefits us all”.

In order to keep consumers and workers safe, Mr Khan said that “prudent and regulation and oversight” is required to keep these massive companies in check.

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Last year, Sadiq Khan announced a new ‘London Plan’ that would protect buildings of cultural importance, including music venues.

The proposals would put the responsibility on developers building residential properties near pubs, clubs or gig venues to properly soundproof the buildings. They would also have to finance the soundproofing themselves.


Meanwhile, SXSW have followed through with reforms the festival promised to make concerning performance agreements that could lead to artist deportations for those that violate their contracts.