Ofcom has announced a major appointment with the hiring of current Amazon general manager Sachin Jogia to become the regulator’s new chief technology officer (CTO).

Jogia will join Ofcom in October after nine years at Amazon. He is currently the GM for Alexa Smart Home International, overseeing development of the company’s voice-activated services.

The regulator said that Jogia’s role will be to “lead Ofcom’s work to support innovation across the sectors regulating broadcasting, telecoms and wireless services,” through the use of recently extended powers via the Online Safety Bill and Telecoms Security Bill.

Speaking of the appointment, Jogia said: “I am honoured to join Ofcom to lead their technology organisation at a time when it is more important than ever to ensure children, vulnerable people and adults are protected while using the technology they take for granted every day.

“The Online Safety Bill is such an essential and pioneering measure, which will help technology flourish in parallel with implementing the right safeguards. I look forward to partnering with all tech platforms to secure greater accountability, while enabling innovation to thrive across the sector for UK citizens.”

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