Threat to net freedom

March 16th, 2006 by Martin Tod

I was reading a transcript of the Politics Conference today where Eli Pariser highlights the serious threat to the internet posed by possible loss of net neutrality – i.e. the current approach of treating all packets the same – no matter what their source.

I don’t know whether the same approach is likely to be applied by UK ISPs, but even if it isn’t, the changes proposed in the US look likely to affect UK internet users as well.

Find out more at the Net Freedom Now website.

We still want to know what you think

April 9th, 2003 by Richard Allan

Although the policy outlined in this website has now been adopted by the party, we are keen to get input and advice from members, supporters and other interested parties to ensure that it remains up to date and relevant. The Liberal Democrats believe strongly in consulting and campaigning with the communities that we are part of. In this particular case we are interested in hearing from the internet community with policy ideas and reaction to the ideas put forward in our policy paper. There are two primary opportunities for feedback:

  1. Joining the discussion in our email group
  2. Direct comments on the policy paper

You do not need to be a party member to participate in any part of the process.

If you wish, you can download the consultation paper in Adobe PDF format or access this site via your PDA using It is also designed to be easily accessible on talking browsers and can even be viewed on some modern mobile phones.

I look forward to hearing your views.

Liberal Democrat policy now reflects the results of the discussions started by this website.

March 20th, 2003 by Martin Tod

Following the first round of consultation based on our original consultation paper, the responses generated and the party’s fundamental values, we developed a full Information and Communication Technology policy paper and accompanying policy motion for debate at the party’s Federal Conference in Spring 2003. It was passed by conference overwhelmingly, so the paper now forms the policy of the Liberal Democrats.

Welcome to the first ever open online policy consultation by a UK political party

March 23rd, 2002 by Richard Allan

Photograph of Richard Allan, former MP for Sheffield HallanWe launched this site in March 2002 as a pilot to learn how we can use the power of the internet to consult with the public and relevant experts in all our future policy development. The power of the net means that we can get input from experts from around the UK and the world – and also build a community to engage in discussion of our policy ideas.

Please feel free to comment on the policy paper or any of the blog entries below.

Richard Allan, former Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam