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Month: May 2018 (Page 1 of 4)

Leveson: Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act: should it have been brought into force rather than being treated as a question of government policy? – Christopher Whitmey

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 (‘CCA’) sections 34-42 inclusive are headed “Publishers of news-related material: damages and costs” and form a complete and closely integrated scheme enacted for the public benefit, and the protection of the press from spurious complaints, for implementation as a whole. How can bringing section 40 into force logically be a question of government policy? Continue reading

United States: Federal judge rules Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum – Clay Calvert

File 20180524 51135 12psfdb.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1A federal judge in New York has ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. While the case will likely be appealed and could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision is a resounding victory for the First Amendment right of citizens to speak to and disagree with government officials in the social media era. Continue reading

GDPR: ground zero for a more trusted, secure internet – Bill Buchanan

File 20180525 51102 a4jra3.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Most of us have been bombarded recently by a barrage of emails from companies begging us to “stay in touch” or “opt in” or informing us of a “policy update”. On May 25, an historic date for the internet, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. For some, it is the start of a more citizen-focused world, for others it will see the collapse of their digital marketing strategy. Continue reading

A more transparent and accountable Internet? Here’s how – Jonny Shipp

This week the UK Culture Secretary announced that the UK Government will legislate on internet safety. This could include a statutory code of conduct to tackle bullying and harassment on social media and mandatory transparency reporting. LSE Visiting Fellow Jonny Shipp is leading the development of an “Internet Commission”, an independent initiative for a more transparent and accountable internet. He explains how increased transparency about how online content is managed might be achieved and how it could help firms to improve their practice and legislators to sharpen their focus. Continue reading

What Facebook isn’t telling us about its fight against online abuse – Laura Bliss

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Facebook has for the first time made available data on the scale of abusive comments posted to its site. This may have been done under the growing pressure by organisations for social media companies to be more transparent about online abuse, or to gain credibility after the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Either way, the figures do not make for pleasurable reading. Continue reading

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