Justice Minister Simon Power has ordered a review into the ”wild west” of the internet, he announced today.
The Law Commission will examine the adequacy of regulations around how the internet interacts with the justice system.
Bloggers and online publishers are not subject to any form of regulation or professional or ethical standards, Mr Power told Parliament.
“I’ve ordered this review because it’s imperative the law keeps pace with technology and that we have one set of rules for all news media,” Mr Power said.
“At the moment we’ve got two tracks – conventional media and the so-called ‘new media’ – intersecting with the justice system, and it’s not sustainable.”
I guess the Law Commission will recommend we adopt one of those cheap, effective internet regulatory environments that other developed countries use.