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Month: April 2018 (Page 1 of 4)

The internet is designed for corporations, not people – Gordon Hull

File 20180426 175035 vyoh03.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Urban spaces are often designed to be subtly hostile to certain uses. Think about, for example, the seat partitions on bus terminal benches that make it harder for the homeless to sleep there or the decorative leaves on railings in front of office buildings and on university campuses that serve to make skateboarding dangerous. Scholars call this “hostile urban architecture.” Continue reading

Case Report: Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 10. BBC had “Public interest responsibility” over coverage of search – Media Lawyer

The BBC’s director of news and current affairs has told a High Court judge that journalists had a public interest responsibility to cover a police search of Sir Cliff Richard’s home. Fran Unsworth told Mr Justice Mann at a High Court trial in London that the BBC had a responsibility to report but also to be sensitive. Continue reading

Case Report, Sir Cliff Richard v BBC, Day 8, Editor: BBC could have faced criticism for not reporting investigation – Media Lawyer

The BBC might have faced criticism if it had not reported that Sir Cliff Richard was the subject of a police investigation, an editor has told a High Court judge.  Gary Smith told Mr Justice Mann that the BBC could have been accused of not reporting a matter of high public interest because the singer was a high-profile figure. Continue reading

Is it time to regulate targeted ads and the web giants that profit from them? – David Glance

File 20180419 163986 1h3lgye.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1In the wake of Facebook’s massive breach of personal data of 87 million users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions from US politicians over two days of congressional hearings. These questions mostly focussed on the tight link between Facebook’s business model of selling targeted personalised advertising and its need to capture, and exploit, large amounts of personal information from its users. Continue reading

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