Broad Consequences of a Systemic Duty of Care for Platforms – Daphne Keller

6 06 2020

In a previous post, I described the growing calls for what I called a “systemic duty of care” (“SDOC”) in platform regulation. I suggested that SDOC requirements would create difficult questions in ordinary intermediary liability litigation. Read the rest of this entry »





When Privacy and Security Collide: the legality of using facial recognition security systems in quasi-public spaces – Raghav Mendiratta

5 06 2020

New technologies present opportunities for the private security sector to innovate and gain an edge over slower and non-adapter competitors. Law enforcement agencies around the world have started using facial recognition techniques over the last few years. Read the rest of this entry »





Systemic Duties of Care and Intermediary Liability – Daphne Keller

5 06 2020

Policymakers in Europe and around the world are currently pursuing two reasonable-sounding goals for platform regulation. First, they want platforms to abide by a “duty of care,” going beyond today’s notice-and-takedown based legal models to more proactively weed out illegal content posted by users. Read the rest of this entry »





Cummings, #MediaWitchHunt and Trust – Colette Allen

4 06 2020

The momentum gathered by the #MediaWitchHunt following the revelation that senior government advisor and Vote Leave campaign strategist Dominic Cummings broke the COVID-19 lockdown laws reveals an entrenched climate of mistrust in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Media companies can now be held responsible for your dodgy comments – Michael Douglas

3 06 2020

Part of growing up is learning to take responsibility for the hurtful things you say. As a person who often says stupid things, I often need reminding. Defamation law reflects that lesson. When you say something that hurts another person, it can cost you. Read the rest of this entry »





Donald Trump’s attacks on social media threaten the free speech rights of all Americans – Eliza Bechtold

2 06 2020

Given that US president Donald Trump appears to use Twitter almost instinctively, his recent attacks on the platform may seem counterintuitive. But his feud with Twitter is another example of the ways in which the president has routinely distorted the principles of the First Amendment in order to undermine the very freedoms he claims to be championing – as well as American democracy more broadly. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 1 June 2020

1 06 2020

The Trinity Term will begin on Tuesday 2 June 2020 and will end on Friday 31 July 2020. As the Government continues to gradually ease the Covid-19 lockdown, the Courts continue to work remotely, and updates on the Coronavirus guidance can be found on the Courts and Tribunal Judiciary. Read the rest of this entry »





The coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for a surveillance debate beyond ‘privacy’ – David Lyon

31 05 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has stirred up a surveillance storm. Researchers rush to develop new forms of public health monitoring and tracking, but releasing personal data to private companies and governments carries risks to our individual and collective rights. COVID-19 opens the lid on a much-needed debate. Read the rest of this entry »





Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University: Newsletter

30 05 2020

Columbia Global Freedom of Expression seeks to contribute to the development of an integrated and progressive jurisprudence and understanding on freedom of expression and information around the world.  It maintains an extensive database of international case law. This is its newsletter dealing with recent developments  in the field. Read the rest of this entry »





Trump’s Twitter tantrum may wreck the internet – Michael Douglas

29 05 2020

US President Donald Trump, who tweeted more than 11,000 times in the first two years of his presidency, is very upset with Twitter. Earlier this week Trump tweeted complaints about mail-in ballots, alleging voter fraud – a familiar Trump falsehood. Read the rest of this entry »