The regulation of Internet content – my 100th and last IT column

For the past 16 years, I have written a regular column on information technology for a trade union representing professional and managerial staff in telecommunications and broadcasting. Now that I am 70 and my portfolio career is coming to an end, I’ve decided to call a halt to this exercise and I have just submitted my 100th and last such column.

The subject is regulation of Internet content and I point out that:

“… over time, more and more worries have developed around the use of the Net. Individuals find that they are subject to harassment and fraud, companies are repeatedly hacked, governments face a form of cyber-warfare, and societies see a flood of fake news and attempts to undermine their democratic processes.

The tech giants still struggle to act quickly and effectively against illegal content, such as child abuse images or hate speech, and they seem confused about how to deal with harmful and offensive content, such as sexist, racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic material.”

You can read the column here.

And you can access all my 100 IT columns here.


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