Irish Senator proposes “pay to post” Internet

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Eamonn Coghlan pay to post internet

Photo via the Fine Gael website.

Using an iPhone in Ireland to connect to the Internet? Get your passport out. The legislature of Ireland, the Oireachtas, is exploring the topic of Internet safety and cyberbullying, and the possible need for legislation and regulation of online comments. It’s going about as well as you might imagine, with one senator, Eamonn Coghlan, suggesting that people should pay to post online, and also use a passport to register their IP address.

According to this story in The Irish Examiner, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte went on to suggest at the same meeting that American companies like Facebook and Twitter should amend their terms of service to be more amenable to each country in which their service is accessible:

“These are reputable companies (and) major corporations. Good corporate citizenship should mean, it seems to me, that they should be prepared in the host country to enter into sensible protocols about take-down policy.”

Following the reaction on Twitter leads to such other gems as Senator Fidelma Healy Eames expressing concern about “Fraping, where you’re raped on Facebook.” She seems to be talking about people posting sexual messages on a Facebook page, or perhaps hacking someone else’s account. She goes on to express concern about things she’s “heard about recently,” like sexting and the “digital footprint.”

You can view her speech below:

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