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Digital Economy Bill

I just don’t get the Digital Economy Bill. I don’t understand how it’s got to this point.

Cory wrote that article which we’ve all read by now.

Tim linked to Francis Davey’s take on part of it.

And then I started clicking, and reading, and clicking more. And I took a look on to see if anybody cares about it. And I found out that Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer cares. And she asked one of the best questions I’ve ever read:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought the advice of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the adviser to the Minister for the Cabinet Office on public information delivery, on clauses 4 to 20 of the Digital Economy Bill and on any impact on access to the internet; and, if so, what was his advice. [HL441]

To which Lord Young of Norwood Green, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, replied:

While we are always interested in the views of acknowledged experts, we have not directly sought the advice of Sir Tim Berners-Lee in relation to Clauses 4 to 20 of the Digital Economy Bill.

Her Majesty’s Government did not consult the inventor of the World Wide Web - who already works with the Office of the Prime Minister - on the Digital Economy Bill. Can you tell where the stupid is yet?

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From 01PM on Sunday December 13, 2009

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