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UK Government wants internet abuse talks

DCMS sends out request for a meeting
Thu Jun 06 2013, 11:01

THE UK GOVERNMENT Department for Culture, Media and Sport has requested a sit down with large internet firms and telecoms providers to work out a way to stamp out illegal and extreme content.

Culture secretary Maria Miller sent the letter and asked the companies to attend a meeting on 17 June.

The INQUIRER has seen the letter and Miller's concern that extreme images are too easy to find on "basic" search engines.

The letter was sent to internet firms including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Yahoo and communications firms like Three and Vodafone.

The letter warned of pornography, extremist material, and "the ongoing battle against copyright theft".

"It is clear that dangerous, highly offensive, unlawful and illegal material is available through basic search functions and I believe that many popular search engines, websites and ISPs could do more to prevent the dissemination of such material," said Miller.

The culture secretary said that "greater efforts" should be made to prevent uploading, downloading and storing of harmful materials, and added that "effective technological solutions" have to be used "to minimise the harm done to businesses and consumers".

"Your organisation plays a key role in terms of how individuals access online content - and has serious public responsibilities as a result of this position," she added.

"A relatively small number of organisations wield a great deal of online power - and I believe that with that power comes a great responsibility." µ


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