A quiet revolution: the Digital Charter is an opportunity to strike a new deal with online platforms – Mark Bunting

21 02 2018

Away from the Brexit spotlight, a quiet revolution is unfolding in UK digital policy. For years, the conventional wisdom was that the Internet couldn’t, and shouldn’t, be regulated. Now, with online platforms in the dock for everything from hate crime to the future of news, the Government is acting. Read the rest of this entry »

The new German social media law: a risk worth taking? An ‘extended look’ – Stefan Theil

20 02 2018

The German Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechtsdurchsetzung in sozialen Netzwerken (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz) (literally: Law on the improvement of law enforcement in social networks and known as ‘NetzDG’) has attracted much media attention, e.g. here and here, since fully entering into force on 1 January 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 19 February 2018

19 02 2018

This week saw a  series of press articles attacking the former FIA president Max Mosley over letters before action written by his solicitors to three newspaper groups asserting his rights under the Data Protection Act  in relation inaccurate and sensitive personal data.  Read the rest of this entry »

Australia: Welcome to the new (old) moralism: how the media’s coverage of the Barnaby Joyce affair harks back to the 1950s – Denis Muller

17 02 2018

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The Barnaby Joyce saga has given a great boost to what might be called “shake-the-tree” journalism: you shake the tree by running a sensational story and see what falls out.  The Daily Telegraph’s original public-interest case for publishing the first story of Joyce’s relationship with ex-staffer Vikki Campion was weak when weighed against the privacy intrusions on Joyce, his estranged wife, his daughters, and Campion. Read the rest of this entry »

Data Protection and Press Bullying: A response – Max Mosley

16 02 2018

On 15 February 2018, a letter my lawyers sent three days ago, was the subject of extraordinary and sensational reporting.  Most notably, the Daily Mail has given it the full treatment, describing it as a “chilling attack on press freedom” and referring to me not least as a “bitter deviant vengeful bully”. Read the rest of this entry »

Social media content moderation and removal policies: Some rare insights – Yair Cohen

16 02 2018

Last week, together with some of the leading U.S internet law lawyers and academics I attended a unique event at Santa Clara University Law School, California, where for the first time in the history of the internet tech companies’ legal leaders and policy experts gathered together for a day of panels on content moderation and removal. Read the rest of this entry »

Freedom and the Local Press: A CEO’s misleading message to readers – Brian Cathcart

16 02 2018

Ashley Highfield is CEO of Britain’s third-biggest regional and local newspaper group, Johnston Press, which owns about 200 titles. He has written a pleading letter to readers of those papers that is a monument to corporate distortion. Read the rest of this entry »