Can we keep our hands off the net?
A Report of an Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Communications Group in October 2009. The All Party Parliamentary Communications Group (apComms) is an independent group of MPs and Lords, from all political parties, which seeks to encourage debate on a range of communications issues. It brings together relevant stakeholders including Government, Parliamentarians, industry and consumer groups. The group is open to all Parliamentarians from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.The report concentrates on five specific issues:
- Can we distinguish circumstances when ISPs should be forced to act to deal with some type of bad traffic? When should we insist that ISPs should not be forced into dealing with a problem, and that the solution must be found elsewhere?
- Should the Government be intervening over behavioural advertising services, either to encourage or discourage their deployment; or is this entirely a matter for individual users, ISPs and websites?
- Is there a need for new initiatives to deal with online privacy, and if so, what should be done?
- Is the current global approach to dealing with child sexual abuse images working effectively? If not, then how should it be improved?
- Who should be paying for the transmission of Internet traffic? Would it be appropriate to enshrine any of the various notions of Network Neutrality in statute?