Wednesday 22 November 2017

Eamon Delaney : ... but we must regulate the Net

The internet is a cacophony of noise, but at the lowest common denominator, writes Eamon Delaney

'TO find a Minister in office expressing concerns for the welfare of the media is unusual," wrote former Irish Times editor Conor Brady last week. "But when two of them do so within a week, we are into white blackbird territory."



But in fact there is a flock of these rarities converging on this field: is there anyone out there now who doesn't think that the internet needs proper regulation?

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has described the internet as "a playground for anonymous backstabbers". Make that semi-anonymous, Ruairi, since some of them go by fearless nicknames like 'Gladiator 5' and 'Bosco.'

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