Debate around the web

In links on July 3, 2009 at 12:36 pm

The Independent reports that Barack Obama is ‘trying to have it both ways’ in relation to his children’s privacy. “If Mr Obama wants to protect the children from being exploited by a voracious modern-day media, he may find himself treading close to being accused of exploiting them himself, with such a controlled drip-drip of images designed to extract maximum political advantage at the lowest parental cost.”

The producer and director of a TV show has hit back at a TV review in The Guardian. He writes: “If an opera is reviewed, you get someone reviewing it who knows about opera. The same is true if dance, art, architecture is reviewed. Why is it, then, that newspapers give the TV reviewer’s job to someone who clearly doesn’t know anything about TV?”

The parliamentary debates about the new regulator has revealed some of the challenges of moving from self-regulation to statutory regulation – in particular the constitutional questions around the imposition of sanctions – The Guardian and John Rentoul.

Web advertisers are proposing a system of self-regulation, according to Reuters. Enforcement would be done by the Better Business Bureau and DMA, with non-compliant firms publicly reported, according to an advocate of the scheme. This would result in a lot of companies refusing to do business with them.

Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, called the principles “almost meaningless” and predicted that congress would pass legislation hemming in information collection by advertisers. “There’s very little appetite in Washington today for self-regulation,” he said Rotenberg.

John Redwood MP has written about financial regulation: “The issue is do the regulators have a leader or top officials with both the judgement and the confidence to use that judgement to control bank balance sheets sensibly? It does not require more people or new armies of number crunchers. You can do it by just examining the balance sheets of the top half a dozen UK based large banks.

Dave Hill has suggested that the Evening Standard’s allegations against Ken Livingstone advisor Lee Jaspar are not standing up to scrutiny.

Press Gazette has published part of its series of best ever newspaper scoops and it contains some fantastic examples of why journalism matters.


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