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New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation
What has happened to the Online Safety Bill, the UK's controversial catch-all legislation which was finally introduced to Westminster in March 2022 (EiM #152) but has gone quiet since? A new piece by Tim Bernard for Tech Policy Press explains how the revolving door that is the UK prime ministership has stopped it in its tracks and may "imperil its passage" through Parliament.
The piece is a timely one for the fact that regulators from the UK, Australia, Ireland and Fiji (yes Fiji) this week announced a new network to "pave the way for a coherent international approach to online safety regulation". There's not much information available about the grandly-titled Global Online Safety Regulators Network but it speaks to something St Johns law professor Kate Klonick mentioned in an interview with Marketplace recently:
"The nation-states will in fact use geolocation technology to raise borders up into cyberspace, and then the traditional notions of geopolitics will play out along that, about what people can say and what people can do in certain spaces."