The Workchop Conversation with Moses Faya, Tech Policy Researcher at Advocacy for Policy and Innovation

Written by Jesulayomi Adetola

July 7, 2021

The Workchop Conversations is an ongoing series of conversations with different players in both the law, tech & justice tech space, sharing about their work and innovative role within the space, promoting access to justice in Africa.

For this week, we have Moses Faya, a Tech Policy Researcher at Advocacy for Policy and Innovation, an Africa Focused policy intelligence platform that helps you understand how policy development and legislative bills affects your business and gives you the tools to influence policy development or to restructure your operations to adapt to realities, where he works at the intersection of Technology, Policy and Law.

Tell us briefly how you started out and how you got to where you are today, what spurred your interest in tech policy?

First of all, I am a lawyer, I started out working in a law firm. I have always been interested in technology. This was why after I got bored working in the law firm, I left the law firm to rediscover my interest in technology. My interest in Tech policy was influenced by the dearth of knowledge that existed within the players in the technology ecosystem and I chose to close the information asymmetry gap.  The journey has been great so far but very demanding.

As a research and policy analyst, what does your work entail? If you could, describe your work in one word.

My work entails research, analyzing and advising the technology ecosystem on mitigating the risk arising from the development and implementation of policy, laws and regulations that affect them—consulting with stakeholders in the technology space and government officials. I will describe my work as FUN (getting a lot of insight and understanding what drives policymakers and technology businesses).

As your work requires you to read a lot, how do you manage to do that with distractions on the increase? What systems do you put in place to ensure you read and research?

Having a quiet place to read is very hard in this day and time, especially when I am not in my working space. I will say I am adjusting to finding ways to block the distractions around me. One thing that has helped me a lot is my noise cancellation headphones. Also, when I am reading or conducting research, my phone is either on flight mode or entirely off, I try as much to discipline myself by staying away from social media.  Frankly, it hasn’t been easy. Lol   

How do you recharge or take a break? What do you spend time aside from work?

I sleep, stay away from my phone (sometimes turn it off), and play basketball and flag football. Aside from work, I spend time working on my photography skills. Haha

What is the best advice that you have ever received that shaped your career?

Life is all about managing expectations. Work hard and stay humble.

What one book would you advise every tech policy enthusiast to read? What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?

I will recommend the following books: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Book by Shoshana Zuboff, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom by Yochai Benkler, The Regulatory Craft: Controlling Risks, Solving Problems, and Managing Compliance by Malcolm K. Sparrow

I am currently reading Samsung rising by Geoffrey Cain and Regulating and Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing by Nkechikwu Valerie Azinge-Egbiri. Watching Spycraft. Listening to Isaidwhatisaid and Nigerian American podcast

Who would you like to answer these questions?

Ridwan Oloyede of TechHive Advisory, Naomi Amobi of Paystack and Fawehinmi Oyinkansola of Digital Music Commerce and Exchange Ltd.

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