Whether they’d been talking to Elton John, or just wanted to live up to their popular reputation, isn’t clear, but the House of Lords’ Science and Technology Committee (bet you didn’t know they had one, did you?) recently decided that the Internet had bad things in it, and needed to be redesigned in order to make it more secure.
Believing the Internet to be like “‘a Wild West’ operating outside of the law”, their report claimed that, “While the internet supports astonishing innovation and commerical growth, it is almost impossible to control or monitor that traffic that uses it. So we have to ask the question, whether it is possible to redesign the internet more securely?”
A new report by the Commons Modernisation Committee has recommended that MPs be permitted to bring handheld devices into the House of Commons, so that they can work and check on emails while waiting for long, boring speeches to end.
The boredom factor may be discouraging some backbench MPs from attending parliamentary debates and leading to low morale.