Regulate the Internet? The banks were regulated…

I don’t usually dive into the political sector in this blog, however since this topic has a technology theme about it, I’m making an exception!

In a recent newspaper interview, Andy Burnham, the secretary of state for the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) expressed his desire to regulate the Internet. Mike Butcher over at TechCrunch does a good job of writing up, so I won’t bore you with my musing on the subject. Mike’s article can be found here: UK government wants to regulate the Inter Tubes

Of course, we know that the same Government-owned civil servants were responsible for regulating the UK banking system, look what happened to that. It’s probably fair to say that if the Government wants to regulate something, it has have a demonstrable track record and it really should finish what it started with the banking crisis.

Until the Government realise that regulation isn’t necessarily the answer, send your comments about regulating the Internet to Andy via his recently set up Twitter account (30/12/2008 update: this account is now suspended, presumably awaiting the real Andy Burnham to claim it…how long will we have wait?)

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3 thoughts on “Regulate the Internet? The banks were regulated…”

  1. You’re right that they screwed up banking regulation, but so far Ofcom, Ofwat and all the other Of’s haven’t apparently messed up *that* badly. Of course it’s possible that their screwups just haven’t matured yet, but I think the jury’s out on this one.

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