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

24 04 2018

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. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Law: Outmoded and Overwrought, Paper by Judge Judith Gibson

18 04 2018

NSW District Court Judge Judith Gibson has rebuked successive governments’ failure to review and reform Australia’s defamation laws in the face of the revolutionary impact of social media on modern communication. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation in the digital age has morphed into litigation between private individuals – Derek Wilding

3 04 2018

New South Wales District Court judge Judith Gibson recently identified a worrying social trend she sees in running the court’s defamation list – “ordinary people” suing over social media posts. In turn, NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman committed to a review of defamation laws, in light of “the developing technological environment”. Read the rest of this entry »





Before you write that scathing online review, beware of defamation – Michael Douglas

20 03 2018

File 20180313 30989 1ppzbt.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Having suffered some terrible product or service, there is something darkly satisfying about publishing a scathing online review. This may not be virtuous or kind, but it can be cathartic. However, if your online review is disparaging of a person’s reputation, that person could sue you for defamation. Read the rest of this entry »





Technology and regulation must work in concert to combat hate speech online – Andre Oboler

14 03 2018
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Online bullying, hate and incitement are on the rise, and new approaches are needed to tackle them. As the Australian Senate conducts hearings for its Inquiry into cyberbullying, it should consider a two-pronged approach to combating the problem. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Welcome to the new (old) moralism: how the media’s coverage of the Barnaby Joyce affair harks back to the 1950s – Denis Muller

17 02 2018

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The Barnaby Joyce saga has given a great boost to what might be called “shake-the-tree” journalism: you shake the tree by running a sensational story and see what falls out.  The Daily Telegraph’s original public-interest case for publishing the first story of Joyce’s relationship with ex-staffer Vikki Campion was weak when weighed against the privacy intrusions on Joyce, his estranged wife, his daughters, and Campion. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Craig McLachlan, defamation and getting the balance right when sexual harassment goes to court – Rick Sarre

13 02 2018

Last week Rocky Horror Show actor Craig McLachlan issued defamation proceedings against Fairfax Media, the ABC and former co-star Christie Whelan Browne, one of the women who has accused McLachlan of sexual harassment. Read the rest of this entry »