Free speech and prosecution in the age of Twitter – Adam Wagner

21 09 2012

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided not to charge Daniel Thomas for posting a homophobic message on Twitter, the social networking site, about the swimmer Tom Daley. The press release, which takes the form of an extended quote from the Director of Public Prosecutions, is fascinating. I have reproduced it in full below. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation claims and Google’s autocomplete – Gervase de Wilde

21 09 2012

Google’s autocomplete function has become yet another of the company’s range of services which most internet users use unthinkingly. It offers suggested terms according to the characters you have already typed, based on other users’ search activities, and on the content of existing web pages. The user-driven nature of internet search means that the suggestions it makes for particular individuals’ names are not necessarily those that they would welcome themselves, or ones which are genuinely useful. Read the rest of this entry »