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Digital media experts discuss internet regulation

30 April 2018

The Communications Committee hears evidence from internet media experts and the Open Rights Group for its inquiry The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?.

Background

In the first of two evidence sessions, the Committee explores with internet and media experts issues which include whether there should be a regulatory framework for the internet and the processes platforms use to moderate the content that they host.

In the second evidence session, the Committee questions representatives from the Open Rights Group. This is a digital campaigning organisation working to protect the rights to privacy and free speech online.

Witnesses

Tuesday 1 May, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Dr Damian Tambini, Associate Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Mark Bunting, Partner, Communications Chambers

At 4.30pm

  • Myles Jackman, Legal Director, Open Rights Group
  • Javier Ruiz Diaz, Policy Director, Open Rights Group

Possible questions

Over the course of both sessions the Committee is likely to ask questions including:

  • What measures should online platforms adopt to ensure online safety and protect the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of information?
  • What media regulatory regime should be applied to the platforms for TV-like content?
  • Does the GDPR, in your view, provide sufficient protection for individuals in terms of transparency in the collection and use of personal data or do we need further regulation?
  • Is competition law effective in regulating the activities of online platforms?

Further information

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