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  • Matthew Spencer - Tech Journalist

Massive change of rules over the UK's Online Safety Bill

Internet content regulation has been a massive part of the authority to block and access to legal content in the UK. Former UK minister, Ed Vaizey currently serving in the digital and culture department (DCMS), said a battle is gaining weight over legal content modernisation for incoming online safety legislation.

This year was hopeful for an online safety bill which was supposed to get fines up 10% from unregulated management annual turnover or a specific amount of money (whichever is the highest). In April 2019, the UK government plans to find illegal or harmful content on the internet that may pose a risk to the children. Big techs such as Apple, Google also plead for children's online safety.

Today, standardisation came a long way in managing what content should be available for the public and big tech. Terms are now heavily discussed at every parliament meeting as big tech and overall tech also directly influence the overall economy and financial stability. 2010 and 2016 were mentioned explicitly by former Conservative Party MP Lord Vaizey of Didcot.

Vaizey suggested some areas are hard to maintain, and there is always a clash between startups and big tech for regulatory errors. Startups can be supported quickly, but for big tech, it's pretty different. "We" want to regulate them correctly, but there is always space to go on without regulations, so a cautious approach is needed.

According to BBC tech, the Online Safety Bill draft harms free speech, and it is "legal to say, legal to type", but if the law becomes successful, US tech firms will gain more advantage and power over other tech firms in different states.

Labour4decrim, in a tweet, said, "Diana Johnson is now planning to amend the online Safety Bill to ban the websites that sex works use to advertise online."

On the same note, on 31st August, The Guardian reported, "Ministers struggle to find people to interview Paul Dacre for Ofcom job." Where government spokespersons said, "The campaign to appoint the chair of Ofcom will be run in compliance with the governance rule for public appointments", which made sense then.

As DCMS is helping to protect and promote Britain's cultural and artistic heritage, it is demonstrating to give advantage on the global scale.

The interview took place between TechCrunch and former MP, revealing much exciting information and future statics on what can be done. The former minister is currently running for the vacant spot at Ofcom, the UK telecom and media regulator. Government constatation on data reform suggested that simple rules in the area are better for business. EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is setting up privacy rules in the UK. These rules are considered the "gold standard" for the tech channels protecting people's digital privacy.

Recently on another story at Tech News Hub, we discussed the job sector in the tech industry, and people are leaving traditional jobs to pursue their dreams or creating personal business, which has become a phenomenon for most people leaving employment at the same time. Vaizey said an "open" approach is required at this moment to ensure startups in the US and UK get a great companion. Previous days were hard for startup tech companies because large tech companies already had child programs supporting the same sectors, and companies were much more comfortable working with big names.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) priorities connecting the UK economy with growing sectors, encouraging participation, supporting media, and ensuring social responsibility working with around 900 staff carried out by 43 public bodies.


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