Conservative MP Introduces ‘Clean Internet Act’ by Michael GeistConservative MP Joy Smith yesterday introduced the Clean Internet Act. The private member’s bill would establish an Internet service provider licensing system to be administered by the CRTC along with “know your subscriber” requirements and content blocking powers. Just about everything associated with this bill is (to be charitable) rather odd. Smith introduced it by warning against the use of the Internet to support human trafficking and added that “the bill would address the fact that child pornography is not okay to put on the Internet throughout our nation,” though the Criminal Code already does that.http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/1884/125/
uk: Blog bullies propel state of the internet into the spotlight
Teachers are mocked on YouTube. Internet commentators receive death threats. But the UK press watchdog’s Tim Toulmin says that you can trust UK web journalists
The case for a form of non-statutory independent regulation for print and digital media, which protects freedom of expression, promotes good journalistic practice and provides redress for individuals when things go wrong is stronger than ever. The development of such a system through the Press Complaints Commission is perhaps one reason why the online journalism of UK newspapers and magazines – with its global audience of tens of millions of people – has not provoked the ethical questions raised by Alan Johnson and Jimmy Wales about You Tube and blogging.
Because the PCC – while independent – involves the industry in its decision making, no one considers circumventing its advice and rulings. The same cannot be said for imposed restrictions and injunctions, which are a clumsy and sometimes counterproductive alternative. In the online environment, the Commission’s non-statutory framework enables it to act quickly to resolve disputes in hours or days when things do go wrong – particularly important considering one of the main concerns people have concerns the speed of dissemination of inaccurate or intrusive information.
This is not a complete answer to the challenges thrown up by the revolution in information provision. But, while the rows over social-networking sites and blogging continue to simmer, it is at least worth highlighting that the British press has taken the lead in voluntarily subjecting its online written and audio-visual journalism to independently-policed professional standards.
gh: Four ICT bills before cabinet
Four information and communication technology bills, namely: National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Electronic Transaction Bill, New Telecom Bill and Amendment Bill are currently before Cabinet. … When established, the National Information Technology Agency will .. monitor the implementation of national information communication technology policy. … It will also resolve all matters involving domain names within the Domain Name Register under the ETA in accordance with the provisions of the NITA Act. … When passed into law, it will ensure efficient use and management of the country’s domain space. Further, it will also ensure that the interests and image of the nation are not compromised through the use of electronic communications.
Law revision will give authorities access to phone, Internet data for 1 year
A campaign against a revision of the so-called “telecommunications privacy law” has been getting fiercer. Under the proposed revision bill, it will be possible for the government to monitor mobile phone conversations, e-mail, and Internet messenger services, and telecommunications data and Internet use records will be stored by companies for at least a year.
Forrester Research Ranks The World’s Most Innovative Countries (news release)
Finland, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the US are among the countries that rank highest in terms of global innovation capability according to a first-of-its-kind evaluation of 26 nations by Forrester Research. The resulting ranking demonstrates how governments can implement successful innovation strategies designed for a globally networked knowledge economy.
Can the internet be truly neutral?
Net Neutrality is dividing opinion. For some it is a cause worth fighting for, but others claim it’s a red herring that’s impeding progress. Andrew Orlowski investigates
The European Commission has signed BT to supply internet access with a budget of up to ?22.5m over up to eight years. BT will be responsible for supplying, implementing and managing a range of internet access services – at least 17 sites for the EC – collectively called the Internet Access and Associated Service.
Deutsche Telekom ordered to grant rivals access to its network cables
The German telecommunications regulator has decided to order Deutsche Telekom to grant rivals access to its network cables, according to a decision set to be published Wednesday.
Bloggers are not journalists, Lithuanian parliament
Bloggers are not journalists, and therefore do not have the rights and protections accorded to them, says the Lithuanian parliament.
UK regulators ‘relaxed’ on net neutrality
Ofcom and the Department for Trade and Industry argue against net neutrality legislation as the debate reaches Westminster