Later on, in 1996, a separate theory test replaced the questions examiners asked from the Highway Code during the practical test. Sixteen years later, another section, hazard perception, was added to respond to the changing nature of the roads.
What does this have to do with content moderation? Well, it feels like we’re in the pre-driving licence stage of the web. Right now, anyone can take the proverbial wheel and publish or accees whatever they want, regardless of their capability or proficiency for doing so (although some restrictions are starting to be put in place
As with cars in the 1930s, that decision is causing countless accidents - mass trolling, child grooming, the rise of nationalism, child bullying and screentime addiction to name a few. People online are being knocked down by a small proportion of people using the web in a way that’s not safe and hard to stop.
Obviously, legislation and regulation are on their way in various guises across both sides of the Atlantic which, if the Road Traffic Act is anything to go by, should help. And yet no one is talking about driving proficiency through online testing or the fact that governments can raise the collective standard of web users through certification and training. That feels like a missed opportunity.
It didn’t catch on but something similar wouldn’t go amiss nowadays.