Parliamentery group launches internet inquiry

ApComms, the all-party parliamentary group on communications, has launched an inquiry into internet traffic issues to assess the regulation of internet service providers (ISPs).

ApComms, the all-party parliamentary group on communications, has launched an inquiry into internet traffic issues to assess the regulation of internet service providers (ISPs).

The committee, chaired by MPs John Robertson and Derek Wyatt, aims to determine what role government should play in regulating Internet traffic and internet-based transactions.

The topics it wants feedback on are the circumstances in which ISPs should be forced to act over content, behavioural advertising, privacy, child abuse images and internet neutrality.

It is seeking written answers to five questions by 22 May, and will take oral evidence in June with a final report due in autumn.

The five questions are:

  1. Can we distinguish circumstances when ISPs should be forced to act to deal with some type of bad traffic? When should we insist that ISPs should not be forced into dealing with a problem, and that the solution must be found elsewhere?
  2. Should the government be intervening over behavioural advertising services, either to encourage or discourage their deployment; or is this entirely a matter for individual users, ISPs and websites?
  3. Is there a need for new initiatives to deal with online privacy, and if so, what should be done?
  4. Is the current global approach to dealing with child sexual abuse images working effectively? If not, then how should it be improved?
  5. Who should be paying for the transmission of internet traffic? Would it be appropriate to enshrine any of the various notions of network neutrality in statute?

Submissions and any other enquiries should be sent to: admin@apcomms.org.uk

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