The dangers of legislating ourselves down a superhighway cul-de-sac

Ireland's political classes have only the vaguest grasp of what the internet means to business, writes Steve Dempsey.

29th January, 2012
The dangers of legislating ourselves down a superhighway cul-de-sac
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operations officer of Facebook, speaking at last weekend's DLD conference in Munich. Photo: Getty

My job involves working on the internet. When people ask me what I do, I tend to mutter something about digital marketing. I've found it's best not to go into details. Most people just don't care enough to decode the technical details. Looking at the upcoming raft of legislation relating to the internet, it seems that this wilful ignorance is shared by the government.

The European Communities (Copyright and Related Rights) Regulations 2011 statutory instrument,...

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