|According to the Internet Media Entertainment And Gaming Association (IMEGA) trade organization, American Senator and one of the candidates standing for President, Barack Obama, has voted to police the Internet.|
The US Senate voted unanimously last month on a Resolution making June National Internet Safety Month, a motion proposed by the Illinois Democrat alongside fellow Senators Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Ted Stevens of Alaska among others.
IMEGA filed a complaint two weeks ago to stop the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) from being enforced and stated that Obama’s move made almost no headlines in the United States.
Senate Resolution 205 stresses the need to protect children and inform citizens of the dangers of the Internet and begins with a list of statistics regarding use of the Internet by under-18s.
Although it makes no specific proposals regarding how children should be protected, its does call on Internet safety organisations, law enforcement officials, educators, leaders, parents and volunteer organisations to increase their efforts in raising levels of awareness of the need for online safety in the United States.
IMEGA stated that politicians at the Federal and State levels are increasingly pointing to the Internet as a virtual bad neighbourhood in what could become one of the biggest political issues of 2008. The organisation stated that legislators often emphasise studies and statistics that leave the impression of innocent children lining the online mean streets of social networks, gambling sites, online video games and pornography, as their parents stand by powerless to help.