Facebook begins to shift from being a free and open platform into a responsible public utility – Anjana Susarla

28 08 2018

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When Facebook recently removed several accounts for trying to influence the 2018 midterm elections, it was the company’s latest move acknowledging the key challenge facing the social media giant: It is both an open platform for free expression of diverse viewpoints and a public utility on which huge numbers of people – and democracy itself – rely for accurate information. Read the rest of this entry »





The darknet is not a hellhole, it’s an answer to internet privacy – Andreas Zaunseder

26 08 2018

File 20180814 2924 1pkzdbk.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1On the back of scandals such as those that engulfed the NSA and Cambridge Analytica, online privacy and data protection have become major political concerns. Many of us worry that private companies and governments know more about us than our closest friends and relatives. Read the rest of this entry »





Germany: Removal of online hate speech in numbers – Kirsten Gollatz, Martin J Riedl and Jens Pohlmann

24 08 2018

Six months after a new German law  the Network Enforcement Act  has come into full effect, social media platforms are tasked to report on illegal hate speech. But as these figures have been made available, what can we learn from them? Researcher Kirsten Gollatz, Fellow Martin J. Riedl and Jens Pohlmann from the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) have a closer look at the reports. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Profit, not free speech, governs media companies’ decisions on controversy – Amanda Lotz

22 08 2018

For decades, U.S. media companies have limited the content they’ve offered based on what’s good for business. The decisions by Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube to remove content from commentator Alex Jones and his InfoWars platform follow this same pattern. Read the rest of this entry »





Cliff Richard and the BBC, a South African perspective – Dario Milo and Molebogeng Kekana

20 08 2018

In South Africa, there is no statutory prohibition that a person who is suspected of a committing a sexual offence and who has not been arrested or summoned to appear in a criminal court – like Cliff Richard in the English case – cannot be named before they appear in court.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Alsaifi v Newcastle College Group and Board of Governors, Libel Claim Lecturer wins appeal to fight on – Media Lawyer

18 08 2018

In the case of Alsaifi v Newcastle College Group and Board of Governors ([2018] EWHC 1954 (QB)) a lecturer who was banned from teaching then won an appeal overturning that decision has succeeded with an appeal against a Master’s decision to dismiss his defamation claim against the college at which he once worked. Read the rest of this entry »





House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”, An overview of the evidence, Part 2 – Oscar Davies

17 08 2018

This is Part 2 of an overview of the evidence submitted for the House of Lords Communications Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?” (Part 1 can be found here). Responses to questions 4 to 6 of the Call for Evidence will be considered here. Read the rest of this entry »





Sir Cliff Richard privacy case: BBC announces decision not to seek permission to appeal

16 08 2018

The BBC has announced that it will not seek permission to appeal against the judgment of Mann J awarding Sir Cliff Richard privacy damages of £210,000 ([2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch)). Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO Committee betrays its absolute lack of independence via its front-page policy – Jonathan Coad

15 08 2018

In a recent adjudication of a complaint about an errant front-page story published by the Daily Mail misreporting a court award of compensation to a victim of unlawful imprisonment and ill treatment by British armed forces, IPSO has set out its rationale for effectively ruling out the correction of front-page articles via the front page.  Read the rest of this entry »