What in the world is Internet self-regulation?

What in the world is Internet self-regulation?

Summary: A few months ago, Singapore Minister Lui Tuck Yew commented that the Internet community in Singapore missed the chance to show that it could shoulder a higher degree of self-regulation by not rebutting many of the online attacks on Member of Parliament Seng Han Thong who was physically attacked.To be fair, everyone has been throwing about the term "self-regulation" long enough but we are not quite sure what kind of creature this is.

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A few months ago, Singapore Minister Lui Tuck Yew commented that the Internet community in Singapore missed the chance to show that it could shoulder a higher degree of self-regulation by not rebutting many of the online attacks on Member of Parliament Seng Han Thong who was physically attacked.

To be fair, everyone has been throwing about the term "self-regulation" long enough but we are not quite sure what kind of creature this is. This got me thinking: What does this self-regulation look like? Is this a panel of some kind or are there appointed moderators? Who becomes "god"?

Is this "regulator" responsible for all regulation? When it fails to regulate or regulates wrongly, do we fire it? If we do, who then steps in? the government? If so, which government?

What if someone fails to accept the authority of the regulator?

What kind of power can this regulator have (for example, no postings from violators for one day, banishment from the Internet etc.)?

I would like to hear ideas from you.

Topics: Enterprise 2.0, Singapore

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  • What in the world is Internet self-regulation?

    I did not read the article so don't know if I'm talking through my nose here but my thinking is that the expectation is of the community as a whole or at least the majority, to get involved and respond with the majority view instead of staying quiet, rather than a deliberately formed body or anything organised.
    anonymous
  • What in the world is Internet self-regulation?

    You ask some interesting questions, really. "Self regulation" is just a myth. It is supposed to be a sort of system which lets the industry or any other actors of the society the initiative to manage the situation by himself, without any rules imposed by a central national authority or government. It should be a kind of "cloud governance", where the contribution of each actor makes the whole system a good and efficient one. But the good self-regulated system is the one which is supposed to answer the directives of the central policy makers : national authorities and government are the "god".
    ventre
  • What in the world is Internet self-regulation?

    Quoting:
    "To be fair, everyone has been throwing about the term "self-regulation" long enough but we are not quite sure what kind of creature this is. This got me thinking: What does this self-regulation look like? Is this a panel of some kind or are there appointed moderators? Who becomes "god"?"

    It refers to each person practicing restraint based on social norms at that particular time. To even suggest that there be a panel or a moderator completely contradicts the term "self-regulation".
    bryanthomaschen
  • What in the world is Internet self-regulation?

    Well, self-service means no service. That's a hint. Self-regulation means something quite specific in certain industries: so, for example, lawyers are self-regulating because their professional bodies are self-regulating organisations. The term grew up from the UK's Financial Services Act in 1986 in which the financial sector was regulated by the fore-runners of the Financial Services Authority but existing professional bodies (usually those that were chartered) would be allowed to self-regulate within the new regime. As there is no-one who is in charge of booting people off the internet for failing to comply with the rules that that person or body imposes, it is not possible for it to self-regulate.
    anonymous
  • "Internet Self-regulation is Possible"

    "Internet Self-regulation is Possible"
    (16.7.2009)


    In the world of the superhighway information, self-regulation is not doable simply because it is not workable.

    For self-regulation to achieve the vision and mission of self-regulation, the decisive factor is to have a regulator.

    Whether explicit regulation or implied self-regulation, both systems require a regulator to oversee, supervise, manage and achieve real performance.


    The best way forward to achieve self-regulation in the utopian internet world is to implement it within the wider context of Global Social Responsibility(GSR) (not CSR which is too narrow in the world of internet)



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    Jeong Chun phuoc
    Lecturer-in-Law
    Jeongphu@yahoo.com
    anonymous