Well, according to Baroness Kidron, it’s that eeeeeeevil Internet and its effect on the poor helpless kiddiewinks.
At iRights’ heart are five principles: that under-18s should be able to take down any content they have posted on the internet; that they should have a right to know who is holding or profiting from their information; that they should be able to explore the internet safely; that there should be safeguards on compulsive technologies such as gaming; and that they should be educated to best know how to navigate their way online.
OK, in order, then:
1) Shouldn’t anyone be able to do this, if we’re going to bring it in at all (which we can’t)? Why limit it to under-18s?
2) How would such a ‘right’ be exercised – have you considered the practicalities?
3) Why assume that they currently can’t, then, should they just take some personal responsibility?
4) There already are – what more do you think are required?
5) Good luck with that, they can’t seemingly be educated to read & write, never mind anything else!
And of course all this is just the usual incoherent demand that somebody DO SOMETHING! that we’ve heard so many times before, over so many other moral panics. Long on emotion, short on practicality.
Lady Kidron doesn’t want new legislation, describing the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the “right to be forgotten” that sparked an avalanche of requests to delete web links as “very complicated”. Instead, she hopes a movement grows up to make web owners – including Facebook, which is “interested” in the project – think.
“The best way I have of explaining it is that if you think what it was like with diversity in the boardroom 10 years ago – nobody gave a shit, nobody thought it was a problem. Now you can do it well, you can do it willingly, you can do it not at all, but everybody has to think about it.”
Do we..? Do we really? And just how does that help?