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The UK Data Protection and Digital Information Bill: Reviewing Proposed Law Enforcement and Intelligence Services Data Processing Reforms – Tim Cochrane

How businesses can prepare for the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill imageThe Data Protection and Digital Information Bill, currently before the UK Parliament, proposes a slew of changes to UK data protection law, including law enforcement and intelligence services data processing regulated by Parts 3 and 4 of the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) respectively. Continue reading

The democratic fightback has begun: The European Commission’s new European Media Freedom Act – Damian Tambini

The European Commission has published a draft European Media Freedom Act (EMFA). If passed, this new law would represent a major shift in EU policy on the media, and a welcome shot in the arm for democracy across the Union. Freed of the Eurosceptic United Kingdom, during a perceived crisis of European democracy, there is widespread support for proposals to support media freedom, and the news media themselves are likely to give them full-throated support. Continue reading

Clickbait extremism, mass shootings, and the assault on democracy: time for a rethink of social media? – Shirley Leitch

Social media companies have done well out of the United States congressional hearings on the January 6 insurrection. They profited from livestreamed video as rioters stormed the Capitol Building. They profited from the incendiary brew of misinformation that incited thousands to travel to Washington D.C. for the “Save America” rally. They continue to profit from its aftermath. Clickbait extremism has been good for business. Continue reading

It’s hard to imagine better social media alternatives, but Scuttlebutt shows change is possible – Kate Mannell and Eden T Smith

Last week, the US government released six principles for reforming Big Tech. It’s the latest example of growing efforts to regulate the handful of companies with enormous influence over the internet. But while there’s a growing appetite for a new, better kind of internet, it’s hard to imagine what that might look like. Continue reading

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