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.
During the summer the group conducted an inquiry into a wide range of internet related issues and made the results public yesterday during the Parliament and Internet Conference.
In my mind this is a significant document which actually proposes to go against Government policy in some areas. I’ve condensed its 43 pages into a few bullet points here.
- A recommendation that here should be a green paper on internet privacy. Good.
- The Government should not continue with the illegal file sharing idea in Digital Britain but wait for the EU to finish its long awaited Telecoms Package and fit in with that. Likely to cause a stir but sensible!
- Behavioural Advertising – Where are the rights of the citizen? – recommend that on behavioural advertising there should be a far more explicit way for people to understand what they are signing up for. Quite right too.
- Internet safety should become a core curriculum topic at ks1 and ks4. Good.
- IWF should extend notice and take down to the rest of the world. Gov’t should not legislate to enforce iwf blocking
- Keep network neutrality under review
- Ofcom regulates to require ISPs to advertise min guaranteed speeds for broadband. This is currently done under a voluntary code of practice. OK.
- ISPs have to take proactive steps to detect and remove illegal content from their servers. Hmmm.
I don’t think I captured all the points here but certainly the main ones. We will also need to digest what is in the report and whilst I’m sure not everyone will agree with its content it is certainly a good stimulation for debate.
The report can be viewed in its entirety here.