Monday, 21 September 2009

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Regulatory capture is not hard to spot.
"Executives at Britain’s broadcasting watchdog are wined and dined by television companies, foreign dignitaries and advertisers almost every day of the week, official documents show."

The consequences are not hard to find.
In a rushed consultation .... the BBC will prohibit millions of people from programming their existing set top boxes. If implemented this will make it difficult to view or record HDTV broadcasts with free software. Where’s the consumer interest in that settlement?

But who shall guard the watchman? Tom Watson seems to be having a go at it, and Parliament is undoubtedly the right place.

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