That Internet Watchdog

Via Iain, this.

Internet users will be protected from abusive bloggers and malicious Facebook postings under proposals to set up an independent internet watchdog, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

The body, made up of industry representatives, would be responsible for drawing up guidelines that social networking sites, the blogosphere, website owners and search engines would be expected to follow.

The recommendation is one of several that the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee is expected to make tomorrow (Thurs) in its long-awaited report on harmful content on the internet and in video games.

Gosh, that\’s interesting, don\’t you think? Looks at how they define the industry…..blogs are apparently one of the four components.

Anyone want to take the other side of a bet that one quarter of those being paid (for of course, expenses and a per diem will obviously be paid) will be bloggers?

No, I didn\’t think so.

So they can bugger off then can\’t they?

For this is self-regulation….which means that some of the selves being regulated need to be doing the regulation, no?

11 comments on “That Internet Watchdog

  1. “For this is self-regulation….which means that some of the selves being regulated need to be doing the regulation, no?”

    Irresponsible self-regulation leads to legislation. Happy hours, plastic shopping bags, mortgages, etc.

  2. Why have regulation at all?

    Don’t we have libel laws to take care of untrue accusations placed into the public domain?

  3. …. and so Jane and Michael’s father decides to hire a Net Nanny

    A British bank is run with precision
    A British Net requires nothing less!
    Tradition, discipline, and rules
    Must be the tools
    Without them –
    Disorder! Catastrophe! Anarchy!
    – In short, we have a ghastly mess!

    Whaayddaminute…

  4. “Something Must Be Done.”

    For the Children!

    Further, if nothing is done, the poor, women and minorities will be Hardest Hit.

  5. I imagine that they will have no shortage of blogger applicants for any available position. Almost all of them will be happy to define what is or is not acceptable, whether or not it is libelous. You will be among the first banned for “hate speech,” of course.

  6. Oh for fucks sake. If people don’t like my blog, if they think it’s “harmful”, they don’t have to read it.

    And if the govmt shuts it down, whgat’s to stop me setting up a new one located outside the UK?

    From the article: She said that a “digital divide” was developing within families as children mastered the internet and video games while their parents, grandparents and carers too often had little clue about the material they were looking at.

    That’s only true if the parents are clueless fucking retards — who shouldn’t be allowed to be parents in the first place. Blogging isn’t fucking rocket science, I mean if complete fuckwits like Melanie Phillips can manage it, how hard can it be?

  7. “That’s only true if the parents are clueless fucking retards — who shouldn’t be allowed to be parents in the first place. “

    Whoa! Sounds to me like you are advocating personal responsibility over benevolent government diktat there…

    That’s the kind of dangerous talk that this demon Internet encourages! 🙂

  8. Sounds to me like you are advocating personal responsibility over benevolent government diktat there…

    Actually, you could also read it the other way round: that the government should prevent stupid people from becoming parents (e.g. by sterilisation). This is something that I’m a bit equivocal about, but seems more attractive every time I hear of people doing stupid things.

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