Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Internet is as vital as water and gas

Compare and contrast:

Gordon Brown: "Whether it is to work online, study, learn new skills, pay bills or simply stay in touch with friends and family, a fast internet connection is now seen by most of the public as an essential service, as indispensable as electricity, gas and water."

The French Constitutional Court: "Freedom of expression and communication is so valuable that its exercise is a prerequisite for democracy and one of the guarantees of respect for other rights and freedoms and attacks on the exercise of this freedom must be necessary, appropriate and proportionate to the aim pursued."

Creative Industries Coalition: "ISPs hold the key to creating the step change necessary to tackle illegal filesharing. For the vast majority, simply drawing attention to the illegality of their actions would be sufficient, but this needs to be backed by further graduated technical measures for those who do not change their behaviour."

The government is today publishing its Digital Britain report. How far are they intending to "balance" this essential prerequisite for democracy against the protection of failed 20th century business models for content, and demands for a filtered network?

1 comment:

chris said...

I think Gordie means that he wants Internet companies to be free to sell you Perrier or Highland Spring having spread scare stories about the mercury in tap water? Or that they can impose a hosepipe ban at 5pm each evening?