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Internet Threats

There are many emerging threats 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,  user access to be suspended or content filtering.  One of those groups of stakeholders is law enforcement. Another is concerned with protection of minors, and confuses the method of dealing with child pornography, which is a  criminal offence, with parental control of what children see. These are  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.  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’

If you are following  discussions around telecoms and technology policy and content blocking ,  you may like my book The Closing of the Net which covers the British copyright blocking orders, as well as the Megaupload case.


Lord Mandelson has written to the Financial Times about the photos of Prince Harry’s  antics in a Las Vegas hotel room.  His point is not however, about the ethics of  playing strip-billiards. No, he was commenting on the effect of the Internet on privacy and freedom of expression,  and on the profitability of  news media. His comments apply equally to todays publication of photos of Kate Middleton.

It was Lord Mandelson, you will recall, who forced in the Digital Economy Act  with technical measures  to block access to copyright-infringing  material.   In Lord Mandelson’s opinion, the Internet is unleashing a flood of ‘uncorroborated, undigested and unmediated news’. If you ignore the tone of the letter, which is a bit like a rant by a no-longer-important ex-Minister,  it does raise  some questions for policy-makers concerning the Internet.

Read more: Lord Mandelson, Prince Harry and closing the Internet floodgates

Can Britain slide in a filtered Internet by the back door of so-called 'parental controls'? It’s not a consultation, it’s a survey.  It has been speeded up so that the government can implement the policy by October. It’s run by a failing department that cannot do its day job.

Read more: How Britain could sneak in the filtered Internet

 A political row is brewing in Germany over an Internet filtering system that is blocking the Pirate Party.  Note, not the Pirate Bay, but the Pirate Party. The blocking was discovered by a schoolboy trying  to read its election manifesto and has emerged in the run up to todays poll in the German State of  North-Rhein Westfalia, which covers the big cities of Cologne and Dusseldorf, as well as the industrial Ruhr. With the Pirate Party getting serious votes in Germany, the blocks look rather like political censorship.

Read more: German 'shitstorm' brewing over Pirate Party school blocks

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