Damian Tambini is Distinguished Policy Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where he also serves as Programme Director for the MSc Media and Communications (Governance). He is a researcher and policy advisor on media freedom, media policy and regulation of the tech sector. He has been exploring the relationships between government, media technology and law for more than two decades, both as a practitioner and as an academic.
Damian’s research interests include media and telecommunications policy and democratic communication. His most recent book is ‘Media Freedom’ published by Polity Press in 2021. He co-edited 'Regulating Big Tech. Policy Responses to Digital Dominance' (Oxford University Press 2021) and ‘Digital Dominance: The Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple.’ (Oxford University Press 2018). He co-wrote ‘Codifying Cyberspace' (Routledge, 2008), co-edited 'Cyberdemocracy' (Routledge 1998).
Damian Tambini is active in policymaking as well as academic research. He is a former advisor to the UK government and frequently called to give evidence to parliamentary committees and provide formal and informal policy advice to government and to international organisations. From 2014-2015 he served on the UK Government Expert Panel advising on the value of electromagnetic spectrum. He was called to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry in 2012, and from 2009-2010 he served on the Communications Consumer Panel, a non-executive role at the communications regulator Ofcom. In 2022 he co-chaired the Forum on Information and Democracy’s working group on social media accountability and from 2014-2022 he served on expert groups of the Council of Europe.