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Tech journalists give evidence on internet regulation

23 October 2018

Tech journalists from The Times, The Guardian, Wired and Which?, a consumer rights group, give evidence to the Communications Committee as part of its inquiry on internet regulation.

Background

In the first session journalists who write about the impact of digital technology discuss the risks that the internet poses to individuals and society. In the second session the Committee takes evidence on the consumer rights perspective of online regulation. 

Witnesses

Tuesday 23 October, Committee Room 4a, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Mark Bridge, Technology Correspondent, The Times
  • Alex Hern, Technology Reporter, The Guardian
  • Matt Reynolds, Staff Writer, Wired UK

At 4.30pm

  • Caroline Normand, Director of Policy, Which?

Possible lines of questioning

Topics likely to be covered in the first evidence session include:

  • The strengths and weaknesses of regulation of the internet
  • The spread of fake news or misinformation online
  • How the Data Protection Act 2018 will improve the way in which personal data is gathered, stored and used
  • The liability of online platforms for the content that they host
  • The likely impact on regulation of the internet of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

Topics likely to be covered in the second evidence session include:

  • The role of consumer protection laws in regulating online activities
  • Principles and best practice standards for the design of algorithms
  • How the concentration of digital markets affects consumer choice
  • The responsibility of consumers for looking after themselves, for example in protecting themselves from online crime.

Further information

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