The Internet: To Regulate or Not Regulate?

Northumbria Legal Studies Working Paper No. 2018/04

11 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2018

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Guido Noto La Diega

University of Stirling

Claire Bessant

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Ann Thanaraj

University of Cumbria

Cameron Giles

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Hanna Kreitem

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Rachel Allsopp

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Date Written: July 3, 2018

Abstract

This submission was prepared in response to a call for evidence launched on 29 March 2 by the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications entitled “The Internet: To Regulate or Not to Regulate?”. The broad inquiry sought evidence to explore how the regulation of the internet should be improved, and to consider whether online platforms which mediate individuals’ use of the internet have sufficient accountability and transparency, and whether they use fair and effective processes to moderate content. This collaborative response, prepared on behalf of NINSO (The Northumbria Internet & Society Research Interest Group), provides recommendations in relation to the wide range of issues raised by the Committee. The key themes that are highlighted by NINSO to be addressed by any reform are effective user education and the power imbalance between the platform and user. NINSO recommends that an empirical, holistic, evidence-based approach should be applied which is tailored appropriately to the size and resources of the platform as well as the context of the situation.

Keywords: internet regulation, house of lords select committee on communications, online platforms, transparency, accountability, algorithms

Suggested Citation

Noto La Diega, Guido and Bessant, Claire and Thanaraj, Ann and Giles, Cameron and Kreitem, Hanna and Allsopp, Rachel, The Internet: To Regulate or Not Regulate? (July 3, 2018). Northumbria Legal Studies Working Paper No. 2018/04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3207654 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3207654

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Claire Bessant

University of Northumbria at Newcastle ( email )

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Ann Thanaraj

University of Cumbria ( email )

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Cameron Giles

University of Northumbria at Newcastle ( email )

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Hanna Kreitem

University of Northumbria at Newcastle ( email )

Pandon Building
208, City Campus East-1
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Newcastle NE1 8ST
United Kingdom

Rachel Allsopp

University of Northumbria at Newcastle ( email )

Pandon Building
208, City Campus East-1
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Newcastle NE1 8ST
United Kingdom

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