Lords to ponder internet regulation

Later today the House of Lords Communications Committee will continue hearing evidence for its inquiry The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?

The Committee will question Doteveryone, a think tank which champions responsible technology for the good of society; the Internet Society which is dedicated to ensuring that the internet stays open and transparent; and Julian Coles, a digital media policy consultant.

The evidence session will begin at 3.30pm in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords. The Committee will hear from:

  • Rachel Coldicutt, Chief Executive Officer, Doteveryone
  • Julian Coles, independent digital media policy consultant
  • Dr Konstantinos Komaitis, Director of Policy Development, Internet Society

Over the course of the session the Committee are likely to ask questions including:

  • What is the attitude of the public towards further internet regulation?
  • What ethical principles should the providers of internet services adopt with respect to design? How could this be regulated?
  • What measures should online platforms adopt to ensure online safety and protect the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of information?
  • Does the GDPR, in your view, provide sufficient protection for individuals in terms of transparency in the collection and use of personal data or do we need further regulation?
  • Is competition law effective in regulating the activities of online platforms?

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