Break up big tech? Make it fairer? Sure, but let’s support our right to refuse what technology companies offer us – Seeta Peña Gangadharan

30 06 2019

With billions of people now members of social media networks such as Facebook and the all-pervasiveness of big tech throughout many aspects of our lives, conversations about digital citizenship have never been more important. Read the rest of this entry »





Scandal at the Times: Another Journalistic Cover-Up – Brian Cathcart

29 06 2019
In the British press, journalists rarely challenge other journalists about their standards. This approach is not protecting journalism. It is corrupting it.

Read the rest of this entry »





The Law, the ‘Outlaws’ and Ad Tech’s O.K. Corral – Ali Vaziri

29 06 2019

Programmatic advertising is often likened by commentators to the Wild West: some because they consider it to be a lawless place where anything goes; others because it pushes boundaries and is creating a new frontier. Read the rest of this entry »





Unmasked: The Andrew Norfolk Report in 10 points – Brian Cathcart

28 06 2019

A brief summary of the 65-page report, which has been researched and written jointly by me and by Paddy French. Read the rest of this entry »





Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape our economy? – Donell Holloway

28 06 2019

I recently purchased a bedroom bundle (mattress, bed base, pillows and sheets) from a well known Australian startup for my son, who has flown the nest. Now I’m swamped with Google and Facebook ads for beds and bedding. The week before it was puffer jackets. Read the rest of this entry »





Can you be liable for defamation for what other people write on your Facebook page? Australian court says: maybe – Michael Douglas

27 06 2019

When you go online and write something nasty about a person, or even a small business, you risk being sued for defamation.mBut if someone else goes online and writes something nasty about a person on your social media page, can you be held liable even though you didn’t write it? Depending on who you are: maybe. Read the rest of this entry »





The Times and Intolerance: A Case to Answer – Julian Petley

26 06 2019

A just-published book, Unmasked: Andrew Norfolk, The Times Newspaper and Anti-Muslim Reporting – a Case to Answer [pdf] plays extremely serious charges against three series of articles by the paper’s chief investigative reporter. These all concern Muslims. Read the rest of this entry »





Did The Guardian misuse Boris Johnson’s private information, and could he sue? – Zoe McCallum

25 06 2019

The newspapers are once again replete with Boris Johnson’s private life. Last weekend he rowed loudly with his girlfriend. Neighbours overheard. She shouted “get off me”, “get out of my flat”, “you’re spoilt”, “you have no care for money or anything”.  He shouted “get off my f***ing laptop”. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 24 June 2019 [Updated]

24 06 2019

The private life of prospective Prime Minister Boris Johnson dominated the press over the past few days after Guardian reported that the police had been called to the London flat he shares with his partner after neighbours heard (and recorded) a “loud altercation”. Read the rest of this entry »





Putting children at the centre: is re-designing the digital environment possible? – Mariya Stoilova and Sonia Livingstone

23 06 2019

Children (and adults alike) seem to be ‘playing tag’ with a sophisticated and fast-changing digital environment whose privacy parameters are hard to define and consequences even harder to predict. Read the rest of this entry »