Digital Economy

House of Lords written question – answered on 10 December 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Spokesperson for the Home Office

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have sought the advice of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the adviser to the Minister for the Cabinet Office on public information delivery, on clauses 4 to 20 of the Digital Economy Bill and on any impact on access to the internet; and, if so, what was his advice.

Photo of Lord Young of Norwood Green Lord Young of Norwood Green Government Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Government Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Postal Affairs and Employment Relations) (also Lord in Waiting)

While we are always interested in the views of acknowledged experts, we have not directly sought the advice of Sir Tim Berners-Lee in relation to Clauses 4 to 20 of the Digital Economy Bill. The policies that these clauses implement were proposed in the Digital Britain White Paper, published in June of this year.

We have consulted fully in relation to online copyright infringement, most recently in June 2009 with an additional government statement on 25 August. We received over 200 responses by the time the consultation closed on 29 September, many of them from individual experts, and all of which we have taken into account.

In relation to internet domain names, the Bill takes reserve powers where there is a failure which is likely adversely to affect the reputation or availability of electronic communications services or the interests of consumers. Consultation will take place before the powers are used.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is advising the Government on the Making Public Data Public project.

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David popper
Posted on 16 Dec 2009 6:28 pm (Report this annotation)

OC it should be noted Lord Young of Norwood Green that
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Is Not simply a so called acknowledged expert, without Him You or the Worls would Not have the WWW Digital Economy, or the Digital Economy Bill to pass Today.

to simply dismiss and not take Sir Tim Berners-Lee's well known stance against many parts of the Digital Economy Bill to heart is a very large failing on Your Part.

as the good Lady Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer once said as a reminder to you.
"A real tension emerges between engaging with the opportunities offered by these new technologies and ensuring that any information that is collected, stored and processed is treated with due regard to its sensitivity.

That tension is most pronounced in e-government, which is convenient and efficient when it works and disastrous when it does not."

"In the context of data mismanagement, the public do not have the confidence that they need to feel if the Government are going to take their next step in e-government.

That next step, which was demonstrated at Portcullis House in the exhibition on Tuesday, is centralised registration online guarded by secure access, along the lines of what noble Lords may be used to using with their online bank accounts.

It sounds good and looks convenient, but if something goes wrong and it proves to be insecure it will be a total disaster.

The fact is that nothing can be regarded as totally secure. Does the Minister agree with that?

as the good Lady Baroness Miller said "There are all kinds of technological advances which are hard to grasp." and clearly she had made the emormous effort to find and Actually talk to the people and help her grow and learn Every day.

it seems from Your response Lord Young of Norwood Green you dont work like that, even though you have Direct access to such a great british man as Sir Tim Berners-Lee you could Learn some much good, You do Not take it, shame