House Rules

The Advice to Ofcom website has been created as a result of a partnership between the Oxford Internet Institute (the OII) and Ofcom.  Any information that is posted, uploaded, or otherwise submitted to this website will be used to:

  • Raise awareness of Ofcom’s National Advisory Committees work and their statutory role;
  • Support the gathering and dissemination of information and assist Ofcom’s National Advisory Committees in gaining new and more diverse perspectives of individual members of the public; and
  • Source external expertise to support Ofcom’s National Advisory Committees’ input into Ofcom.

In addition, the OII will use information that is submitted to Advice to Ofcom to support its work in understanding the role that the internet can play in governance and citizen engagement issues.
Try to keep your comments short – we won’t generally publish comments longer than 500 words, or we may ask you to summarise it.  By submitting a comment to this site you agree to abide by the following rules. We reserve the right not to publish comments that contravene any of the House Rules below, or the full Terms and Conditions covering this blog. 

  • Personal identification
    Anonymous comments will not be accepted. All comments submitted to this site must include your name and a genuine email address. Do not represent yourself as another person. By submitting a comment on this Blog, you agree to your name and comment (but not your e-mail address) being made public.. For more on how Ofcom treats your data visit: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/about/cad/dps/dps/ . You can read the OII’s Privacy Policy here: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/legal/privacy.cfm
  • Conduct and use of language
    Your comments should be within the scope of the topic under discussion. Comments should be civil and tasteful, and must not be malicious or designed to offend. Swear-words and profanity will not be accepted. 
    No reference should be made to the personality of other participants nor should attacks be made on an individual's character.
  • Legal liability
    You should remember that you are legally responsible for what you write. By submitting a comment you undertake to indemnify the OII and Ofcom against any liability arising from breach of confidentiality or copyright, or any obscene, defamatory, seditious, blasphemous or other actionable statement you may make.
  • Advertising, spamming and research
    No advertising or promotion is allowed except where it is for an event, publication or similar item that has direct relevance to the subject of discussion. 
    Information about locating and sharing knowledge and expertise is welcomed, but within the specific discussion provided.
  • Propriety and moderation
    Comments used for party political purposes will not be published.

We encourage open, lively debate but the decision to publish comments received via this site remains solely at the OII and Ofcom’s discretion. Comments that violate any of the above rules will not be published or, if we discover a breach of these rules after the material has already been published, it will be removed.  More generally, if we choose not to publish your comment, we will endeavour to email you to explain why.