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House should set up permanent Commons committee on digital issues, says NDP MP Angus, after unprecedented international summit

By Laura Ryckewaert      

‘While we have been playing on our phones and apps, our democratic institutions and our civil conversation seem to have been upended by frat boy billionaires from California,’ said NDP MP Charlie Angus at the U.K. meeting Nov. 27.

Nineteen legislators from nine countries around the world took part in an unprecedented international meeting in London on Nov. 27, hearing from Facebook vice-president Richard Allan, bottom right. Participants included, clockwise from top left: NDP MP Charlie Angus and Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith; Ireland's Eamon Ryan and Hildegarde Naughton; Belgium's Nele Lijnen; Brazil's Alessandro Molon; Singapore's Sun Xueling (left) and Edwin Tong; and France's Catherine Morin-Desailly. Screenshots from the U.K.'s parliamentlive.tv

NDP MP Charlie Angus says the House should set up a new and permanent standing committee to tackle digital issues, including online privacy and regulation, in light of growing global concern over how tech giants like Facebook protect personal data and disseminate information online.

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