The country is planning to appoint an official Internet ombudsman in order to regulate complaints about online content, prevent censorship and protect free speech. The corresponding bill has been tabled in the Senate to establish a “content qualification assessment procedure”. It was debated a few days ago at a meeting attended by senators, judges and representatives of Google and Twitter.
France is calling for other countries to join it and support online companies who are uncertain of their legal liabilities and prevent removal or censorship of content only because someone complained about it. The problem is that the ISPs face both penal and civil liability after being aware of allegedly illegal material. As a result, smaller companies simply remove such content without investigation due to fear of later punishment.
The suggestion is that a rapid response from the Internet ombudsman would either order the content to be removed or allow it to remain. If service providers comply with the rulings, they don’t face any fines or other sanctions. According to experts, the closest existing model was e-safety commissioner in Australia: there was a complaints service for children suffering from cyber-bullying. They believe that the Internet ombudsman can help smaller companies assess the risks of content they host online and thus successfully compete against the big players. Posted by:
Normally I say hel yeah we need a Budman. I will sacrifice and do this vital work. But this is not about the consumption of recreational smoke. Its about smoke and mirrors. One more guy with his finger on the delete key.