Copyright enforcement is not the only threat to the open and neutral Internet. Since I began researching EU policy in 2007, we have seen several different groups of stakeholders lobbying for blocks to be placed on websites or user access. One of those groups of stakeholders is concerned with children, and confuses the method of dealing with child pornography, which is a criminal offence, with parental control of what children see. These are two quite different problems, and the policy approach should be addressed in different fora. Other calls for Internet blocking are now arising in respect to libel and defamation, and we have seen this in the UK with the Twitter injunctions. Further calls came after the recent UK riots - a knee-jerk to block Blackberry Messenger, without any real consideration of how such blocking would solve the actual problem at hand. This section will address these issues in relation to policy and the EU.
If you like the articles in this section and you are interested in Internet policy-making in the EU,especially with regard to copyright policy, you may like my books A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms and The Copyright Enforcement Enigma - Internet Politics and the ‘Telecoms Package’