Tech firms should have ‘duty of care’ imposed on them, says House of Lords committee

Technology companies are “failing” to regulate themselves, a new report by a House of Lords committee says.  The Communications Committee believes a new central authority to co-ordinate regulators and protect the public online should be formed. Its report – Regulating in a Digital World – recommends the creation of a new Digital Authority to oversee…

House of Lords Committee wanted to redesign the Internet, until told they couldn't

web_image.gifWhether 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?”