Thursday, 8 April 2010

Digital Britain down the drain...

The Digital Economy.. that needs openness and innovation to thrive and grow today lies fettered by the Digital Economy Bill... a bill drafted to serve the interests of vested media industry interests, not to provide vehicle to stimulate and nurture all that the web could provide.  It's a bill that sets economics above rights and political machination above open democratic debate.  It's a bad bill.. and a bad day seeing it on the statute books.

 "I've heard arguments that I should be responsible for the Internet connection I pay for, just as a business is responsible for its network activities. Please! Let's put this into perspective - I'm a working mother of four children aged between 14 and 21. I'm not a network administrator, and pardon me if I'm too busy being a mother to commit my time to monitoring the home Internet connection. Also, even if I somehow managed to look over all four of their shoulders whenever they were online, I wouldn't know what I'm looking at..." Vanessa.. Mother of four

...taken from the comments on an article in the Daily Record  where the Scottich Law Society comment the bill...
 "This in our view raises serious concerns with the European Convention on Human Rights, which provides that everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law." Law Society of Scotland 

The possibilities for injustice are legend.

I hope our MPs are proud?

"As a twice ex-Whip, I am rather embarrassed by the fact that the Bill is being railroaded through in the wash-up. Frankly, there has been a squalid deal between the three Front Benches, and they should be ashamed of themselves. The people who care about this Bill -and there are many out there -will see that for what it is."  Tom Watson MP

Of course...  politicians are ultimately answerable to us the electorate.... so you might be interested to know which of our representatives had the spine and the vision to vote against the whips in the interests of our digital future...  The full list here

No compromise on Digital Rights..
It's time to vote Pirate!

Piratpartiet &; The Pirate Party -  Make your voice heard.

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