The blurred lines of Internet freedom
The boundaries between Internet freedom and complete privacy violations continue to disintegrate before the eyes of advocates and web users, and it brings to mind Robin Thicke's timely release "Blurred Lines." Policy making has started to peak in the United States, Europe and several other nations, while the question of how far is too far continues to be completely ignored by most officials.
A confluence of factors have led federal governments to completely revise their approaches to Internet freedom and regulation, while it seems as though the only ones who are suffering are free speech-loving individuals and now businesses. First, let's look at one of the more recent decisions coming from the U.S. Department of Defense.
DoD's bogus ruling
A recent E-Commerce Times article explained how product integrity is the latest target of the DoD when it comes to digital electronics providers. The source stated that the DoD worked to pass a law that some experts believe will completely fail to reflect a strong supply chain that is rich with original equipment providers.
"These proposed changes to DoD regulations address information and communications technologies purchased by the department, including commercial-off-the-shelf products," said Danielle Coffey, vice president and general counsel for the Telecommunications Industry Association, according to the E-Commerce Times.
The news provider explained that some experts believe the newest line of regulatory compliance will impact retailers who compete in digital environments, not those who have anything to do with defense products or weapons systems. Though the idea behind the new proposal was sincere - working to eradicate providers of bogus or malfunctioning items from the Internet - some fear that the DoD is overstepping its bounds.
Money for all
One of the most commonly cited benefits of eCommerce is that it has largely leveled the playing field for many companies, especially startup firms in the retail sector. However, state and federal governments from around the globe continue to launch an all-out assault on Internet retail freedom, including increasingly stringent taxing schemes.
The executives behind some of the platforms, such as Amazon, have asserted that such efforts to levy higher tax amounts from web-based product and service providers of all sizes will begin to hurt gross domestic product and potentially have a negative effect on the overall economic landscape. Do you think Internet retailers should be subjected to more stringent tax schemes than brick-and-mortar locations?