UK Tories will struggle to turn desire to regulate internet into policy

Towards the end of the Conservatives’ 2017 general election manifesto was a largely overlooked chapter setting out the party’s stance on the future of the internet.

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it said. “We disagree.”

The document went on to explain that the Conservatives believe “online rules should reflect those that govern our lives offline”, and added that it it “should be as unacceptable to bully online as it is in the playground” and be “as difficult to commit a crime digitally as it is physically”.

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