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Dr Steve Unger

Affiliated Researcher

Steve Unger was until recently a Board member of Ofcom, the UK regulator responsible for digital communications. He had various responsibilities, including setting regulatory strategy for the UK, representing the UK in international negotiations, and leading Ofcom's technology programme. He spent a brief period as Acting Chief Executive.

Steve has also served as vice-chair of BEREC (the body which brings together all European regulators, in order to ensure the consistency and quality of regulation within the digital single market) and as a board member of the International Institute of Communications (a forum for debate about the global policy agenda for telecoms and media).

Before becoming a regulator Steve spent several years in the private sector. He worked for a variety of "Silicon Fen" start-ups whose focus was the commercial exploitation of new wireless technologies. More recently he was a board member for Cambridge Wireless (which brings together ~400 companies with an interest in communications technologies) and in 2018 he organised its annual technology conference: this looked at the use of AI by communications networks, posing the question 'Can Networks Think?'

Steve has an MA in Physics and a PhD in Radio Astronomy.