Tuesday, December 10, 2013


The Justice and Electoral Committee has called for submissions on the Harmful Digital Communications Bill. You can submit by filling out the form at the link above.

The bill implements the recommendations of the Law Commission on "harmful digital communications" - everything from cyberbullying to this. It is deeply problematic. I've called it a resurrection of criminal libel (but only online, of course); Vikram Kumar has pointed out that the "safe harbour" provisions are a recipe for widespread censorship (as we've seen with the US DMCA). While there's a need to protect young people from online bullying, this goes too far and needs significant amendment. Please submit in support of such amendments.