For many people, the Internet is now more important than print, radio, television, or physical media like DVDs and CDs as a way to get information and entertainment.
These other ways of getting content are regulated by law. In New Zealand and elsewhere, governments and other sectors are asking “should Internet content be regulated too?”
Traditional regulation has focused on the way users access content. Rules differ for broadcast and pre-recorded media, for news organisations and other content producers. The possibilities of the Internet blur those traditional boundaries, creating a “convergence” in which content is content regardless of the way it is accessed or who has created it.
We stand for the value of the open Internet, and the permissionless innovation it allows. Any regulation regarding online content should protect the safety of users, should allow for informed choices by users and should make room for continued innovation in content and how it is accessed.
Past innovations, such as sharing user reviews, may offer guidance on how best to balance free expression, innovation, and preventing harm to users.