Stephen Patrick Brennan

party: Independent
constituency: Hammersmith

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To what degree should access to information on the internet be restricted by the state or private companies?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

I believe that some of the biggest issues that people will face on the Internet are pornography, privacy, identity theft, file sharing, and social networks that connect people such as Facebook. All these issues have the potential to ruin or destroy people’s reputations and harm others.
We believe that governments are the strongest and most influential entity censoring and enforcing guidelines for the Internet. Government censorship will always be a debatable issue, but government regulation of certain areas is an ethical thing to do. It is ethically justifiable taking the utilitarian, and consequence based frameworks of the basis of government Internet censorship. Of course there will be some contradiction on the beliefs, but they must set a common guideline and enforce it.