Update on Internet Content

Since the debate I had on regulating Internet content there have been two key developments in this area I thought I should keep you up to date with.

Culture Media and Sport Committee recommends industry should police content

Firstly, the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has today called for the Internet industry to police the net and protect young people from harmful content itself.

To bring this about they recommend that websites should be more proactive in reviewing and then taking down harmful material that they host. To do this the Committee recommends that the industry should set up its own (non-Governmental) body to draw up and enforce minimum standards for policing content.

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YouTube channel

I have now set up a YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/JohnRobertsonMP, the player for which is on the front page of the website. I hope to put regular videos and interviews on here with updates about my work for you. The first of these is an interview with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, James Purnell, from the end of May. I asked him about helping people with long term illnesses to get into and stay in employment; about lone parents and child poverty; and finally about consolidating the recent increase on Winter Fuel Allowance.

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4/6/08 Regulating Internet Service Providers and Internet Content

Below is the transcript of the debate I had in the House of Commons on 4th June on regulating Internet content. I called for Internet Service Providers to be made responsible for certain content and Malcolm Wicks, the Energy Minister, responded.

John Robertson: I am pleased to have the chance to discuss internet content and internet service providers with my hon. Friend the Minister for Energy, not least because I have been trying to secure this debate for several months. I know that, like me, many of my colleagues regularly receive correspondence from constituents who are worried about internet content, and I have been especially keen to discuss those matters following the Byron review, but on several occasions I have been told by the Table Office that there is no Department appropriate to field such a debate. The strategy of representatives of each Department that we tried to assign it to has been to hold up its hands in affront and deny any responsibility for the matter.

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Regulating the Internet Debate 4th June

Below is the transcript of the debate I had in the House of Commons on 4th June on regulating Internet content. I called for Internet Service Providers to be made responsible for certain content and Malcolm Wicks, the Energy Minister, responded.

John Robertson: I am pleased to have the chance to discuss internet content and internet service providers with my hon. Friend the Minister for Energy, not least because I have been trying to secure this debate for several months. I know that, like me, many of my colleagues regularly receive correspondence from constituents who are worried about internet content, and I have been especially keen to discuss those matters following the Byron review, but on several occasions I have been told by the Table Office that there is no Department appropriate to field such a debate. The strategy of representatives of each Department that we tried to assign it to has been to hold up its hands in affront and deny any responsibility for the matter.

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