Inforrm – Happy Tenth Birthday

22 01 2020

Today is the tenth birthday of the Inforrm blog – which began operation on 22 January 2010.   Our first post – “Welcome to Inforrm” – attracted 2 visitors in January 2010 and the site had a total of 7 page views that month. Read the rest of this entry »





After the licence fee: The case for a Universal Media Levy – Tom Chivers

21 01 2020

One month on from the UK’s 2019 general election and it is clear that the BBC is hurtling towards an existential crisis. On top of widespread accusations of news bias and editorial failure, the government is now considering whether to decriminalise non-payment of the television Licence Fee, the public broadcaster’s main source of income. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 20 January 2020

20 01 2020

The media hysteria surrounding the Royal Family continues to dominate the news agenda.  Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger suggests that”There’s a reason why the royals are demonised. But you won’t read all about it“. Read the rest of this entry »





Inforrm Reaches Five Million Page Views

19 01 2020

The total number of Inforrm page views has today reached 5 million – almost 10 years after our launch.  During that period we have had 4,940 posts from a large number of authors from all over the world covering a huge range of media and legal topics. Read the rest of this entry »





Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University: Newsletter

18 01 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 »





Why people leave Facebook, and what it tells us about the future of social media – Mark Whitehead

17 01 2020

The number of active users of Facebook (those people who have logged onto the site in the previous month) has reached a historic high of 2.45 billion. To put this in some context, approximately 32% of the global population now use the social media platform, and the trend line of participation is still going up. Read the rest of this entry »





Disinformation, data verification and social media – Ben Wagner and Lubos Kuklis

16 01 2020

What you don’t know can’t hurt you: this seems to be the current approach for responding to disinformation by public regulators across the world. Nobody is able to say with any degree of certainty what is actually going on. Read the rest of this entry »





The Irish Government’s proposed Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill has a surprising omission – Eoin O’Dell

15 01 2020

Last October and November, I sketched the evolution of the government’s proposals for a digital safety commissioner. Following a consultation process last Spring, and missing the deadline of the end of the year by a few weeks, they have published their proposals for the general scheme of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill. Read the rest of this entry »





You’re probably more susceptible to misinformation than you think – Darren Lilleker

14 01 2020

Online misinformation works, or so it would seem. One of the more interesting statistics from the 2019 UK general election was that 88% of advertisements posted on social media by the Conservative Party pushed figures that had already been deemed misleading by the UK’s leading fact-checking organisation, Full Fact. And, of course, the Conservatives won the election by a comfortable margin. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 13 January 2020 [Updated2]

13 01 2020

The Hilary Term legal term begins on Monday 13 January 2020 and ends on 8 April 2020 and a new legal decade begins.  The Inforrm winter break comes to an end today. Read the rest of this entry »