Today, a Government in dire need of a good news story has mooted legislation resulting in the very opposite. The Conservative manifesto from 2017 said:
'Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet. We disagree.'
Now the Tories are delivering on their promise. But their attempt to police the internet should worry us all. The 'Online Harms' white paper calls for an independent watchdog to write a 'code of practice' for tech companies. Under the plans, tech firms will be held accountable for what their users post and share, and penalised if they fail to take down offending content swiftly – a move that presents a serious threat to innovation, competition and free speech.