U.K. seeks to rein in Internet
Culture secretary mulls film-style ratings
The U.K. government is looking to impose tough restrictions on websites in the coming year.
Blighty’s culture secretary Andy Burnham said he intended to tighten controls on English-language websites and that he would negotiate with incoming U.S. president Barack Obama’s team to present a united front against indecency, violence, libel and copyright theft on the Web.
“The change of administration (in the U.S.) is a big moment. We have got a real opportunity to make common cause,” Burnham told U.K. newspaper the Daily Telegraph on Saturday. “The more we seek international solutions to this stuff – the U.K. and the U.S. working together – the more that an international norm will set an industry norm.”
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“If you look back at the people who created the Internet, they talked very deliberately about creating a space that governments couldn’t reach. I think we are having to revisit that stuff seriously now,” he said.
I say, can’t have any of that freedom sort of thing, now can we?