The UK government has opted to keep any open mind on the prospect of Internet regulations after a question to ministers about "dangerous material" online that could trigger off anti-social or illegal behaviour.
Labour member Nigel Beard said that whilst surfing the Internet in the House of Commons he came across material that could be used by criminals, including instructions on how to make bombs.
There has been renewed interested in "potentially harmful" material that is available on the Internet following the so called "Trench Coat Mafia" shooting at a school in the US and the recent spate of bombings in London.
This was refered to by Beard, who said the Internet was in danger of creating an American style gun culture by, "providing access to material and know-how to a few criminal and crazed individuals with the sort of consequences we have tragically seen recently in Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho."
Trade Minister Ian McCartney replied to the Commons saying there was "much more" that could be done internationally to stop the spread of such material on the Internet, but it, "made sense to have laws controlling the misuse of information."
McCarthy explained that by its very nature the Internet and its lack of international jurisdiction makes it difficult to police. He said it was up to parents and businesses to use filtering software so that unsuitable material could be held back, especially where children are concerned.
McCartney said, however, that the government was taking the Internet and a possible need for control very seriously.
"We need international cooperation about enforcement, about different jurisdictions," he said. "However, we will keep open the option, and be mindful of the need for future regulation."
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