Don’t Rush Through Extreme Web Laws

Dear Mr Corbyn

I’m writing to you today because I’m very worried that the Government is planning to rush the Digital Economy Bill into law without a full Parliamentary debate.

The law is controversial and contains many measures that concern me. The controversial Bill deserves proper scrutiny so please don’t let the government rush it through. Many people think it will damage schools and businesses as well as innocent people who rely on the internet because it will allow the Government to disconnect people it suspects of copyright infringement.

Industry experts, internet service providers (like Talk Talk and BT) and huge internet companies like Google and Yahoo are all opposing the bill – yet the Government seems intent on forcing it through without a real debate.

I work a writer in the creative industry, both for young start-up organisations that the Government is trying to nourish and much larger media conglomerates, and I believe that neither of these industries can ever benefit from actions that restrict the freedoms of casual users. These are people whose access to all the inspiration and information the internet can offer will only suffer under this legislation.

I have been a union member, I am a Labour voter, but more than any of the scandals and crisis of the last year it is the hasty passage of this bill which damages most my faith in government.

As a constituent I am writing to you today to ask you to do all you can to ensure the Government doesn’t just rush the bill through and deny us our democratic right to scrutiny and debate.

Matthew Sheret

To find out more visit BoingBoing and Open Rights Group. I sent this using the forms available at 38 Degrees.

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