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Ayesha Bhatti

Ayesha Bhatti

Policy Analyst

Center for Data Innovation

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @ayeshalovestech


Ayesha Bhatti is a policy analyst at ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation. Prior to joining, she worked as a data scientist at a technology consulting firm in London. She has an LLB from the University of Nottingham, and an MSc in Computer Science from Birkbeck, University of London. She is also a licensed attorney in the state of New York.

Recent Publications

July 12, 2024

Comments Before the UK CMA Regarding Draft Guidance for the Digital Markets Competition Regime

In this challenging world, strong techno-economic cooperation between the United States and its closest allies is all the more critical, but can be undermined by the abuse of digital regulation that ultimately ends up placing undue burdens on American firms.

July 1, 2024

Two Key Moves The EU’s New AI Office Should Make To Foster Innovation

With the AI Act set to take effect soon, the focus now shifts to implementing this complex legislation. Central to this effort is establishing the AI Office, mandated to coordinate the Act's application, conduct AI safety research, develop Codes of Practice, and address compliance issues. However, there are concerns that bureaucratic challenges could hinder the Office, potentially stalling European AI innovation.

April 17, 2024

Why the EU Should Look to Estonia to Achieve Its Vision for a Digital Europe

At the start of its digital transformation, Estonia had a GDP per capita of $3,134. By 2022, it was $28,247—an increase of more than 800 percent in less than 30 years. Its journey holds lessons for the EU.

March 14, 2024

UK Tech Secretary Michelle Donelan Recommits to Innovation But Her Ambition to Achieve Tech Superpower Status May Be Hindered By Her Own Party

Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology Michelle Donelan's recommendations, while commendable, fail to consider the wider context in which UK innovation currently sits, calling into question the feasibility of her plans in one of the most politically charged times of Conservative Party leadership.

March 5, 2024

Comments to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill

The Center for Data Innovation submitted comments to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee on its Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill consultation.

March 1, 2024

Comments to the ICO on Training Generative AI Models Using Web Scraped Data

The Center for Data Innovation submitted comments to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s independent body set up to uphold information rights, on its generative AI consultation.

February 23, 2024

Comments to Ofcom on Protecting People From Illegal Harms Online

The Center for Data Innovation submitted comments with Ofcom, the regulator of communications services in the UK, on its first major consultation on the Online Safety Act.

February 7, 2024

The UK's Agile, Sector-Specific Approach to AI Regulation Is Promising

The United Kingdom's response to the UK AI Regulation White Paper proves the government maintains a pro-innovation stance towards AI, however, time will tell whether individual regulators adhere to this vision or have enough resources to carry it out.

February 5, 2024

CMA Chair Falls Into the Trap of AI Fear-Mongering as He Reframes Old Risks as New

The type of rhetoric from one of the UK’s top regulators, Marcus Bokkerink, Chair of the Competition and Markets Authority, illustrates a potentially hostile approach it suggests the CMA might take towards AI, risking stifling UK innovation in AI before its benefits fully emerge.

January 26, 2024

The IPA Amendments Bill Questions the UK’s Ambition to Be a Leader in Tech Innovation

Parliament should revise amendments to the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) to ensure UK users continue to have access to the most secure digital communications tools available.

More publications by Ayesha Bhatti

Recent Events and Presentations

April 16, 2024

How Can the UK Encourage the Uptake of AI in the Public Sector?

Watch now for a panel discussion exploring the hurdles impeding the widespread adoption of AI in the public sector and examining actionable steps to empower and facilitate the sector in harnessing the benefits of this cutting-edge technology.

March 16, 2024

Impact the Future: International Women's Day 2024

Ayesha Bhatti speaks at Impact the Future: International Women's Day 2024 on exploring the importance of open-source development in the pursuit of innovation.

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