The Great Data Protection Rebranding Exercise – Orla Lynskey

11 08 2017

During the recent announcement of a new Data Protection Bill by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS),  the Minister for Digital – Matt Hancock – stated that the bill would “give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, sets of data laws in the world.” Read the rest of this entry »





Why the end of net neutrality is not the end of the open internet – Konstantinos Stylianou

21 07 2017

The public consultation period on the US Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to repeal net neutrality, the principle that all traffic on the Internet should be treated the same, ended on July 17. With 8.5 million comments, this has been by far the most widely debated policy issue in FCC’s history. Read the rest of this entry »





Unveiling BBC talent’s pay is a deliberate attempt to undermine a great British institution – Steven Barnett

20 07 2017

Anyone who seriously believes that a government dictat obliging the BBC to reveal salaries of its top talent was genuinely driven by concerns about accountability should look carefully at those who champion the cause. Read the rest of this entry »





Any reform to the law on Official Secrets must provide robust protection for public interest disclosures and open justice – Lorna Woods, Lawrence McNamara and Judith Townend

28 06 2017

With the election now in the past, the wheels of government are beginning to grind again. While most eyes are on Brussels, it is important that the bright lights of Brexit do not draw attention away from other work that is resuming and ongoing. Among it, the Law Commission will continue its project that considers the revision of the laws on Official Secrets, with its final proposals expected later this year. Read the rest of this entry »





Don’t believe the pundits: it’s too soon to dismiss the power of the red tops – Angela Phillips

16 06 2017

In the aftermath of the UK elections, there has been much speculation that the power of the Tory supporting tabloids is on the wane, diminished by social media and a youth surge to the left. This would be a very sudden demise. After all, it was those very same tabloids that, just a year ago, were credited with pulling off their greatest political coup by convincing large numbers of their working-class readers to vote Brexit. Read the rest of this entry »





Four ways social media companies and security agencies can tackle terrorism – Robyn Torok

10 06 2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined Theresa May in calling on social media companies to crack down on extremist material being published by users. It comes in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Australia and Britain. Read the rest of this entry »





What will the UK election mean for online privacy? – Vladlena Benson

7 06 2017

The recent cyber attack that crippled the NHS demonstrated why cyber-security is a vital issue and one that can affect an entire country. The recent terrorist attack in Manchester also reminded people what’s at stake when deciding what data gathering and surveillance powers the government should have. Read the rest of this entry »