Good luck banning fake news: here’s why it’s unlikely to happen – Zhongdong Niu

27 01 2018

French president Emmanuel Macron’s recent pledge to make a new law to tackle perceived fake news has touched nerves in some corners with its potential impact on freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





Canada: Why governments must not block social media criticism – Justin Safayeni and Andrea Gonsalves

15 12 2017

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In the digital era, politicians and government agencies frequently find themselves the target of criticism on social media. There have been some startling news stories this year of public authorities blocking users or deleting unwelcome posts on social media sites, effectively silencing dissenting views in popular online forums. Read the rest of this entry »





Data Protection Bill: The future of the journalistic exemption – James Theaker

28 11 2017

The House of Lords has now finished its Committee stage review of the Data Protection Bill (“DPB”). The DPB will, once enacted, repeal the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) and generally overhaul the UK’s data protection regime. It is intended to be supplementary to the GDPR from May 2018, and the provisions of the GDPR which will be retained in domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) bill from March 2019. Read the rest of this entry »





Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny – Will Dinan

29 10 2017

File 20171024 30571 5itezi.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadn’t prepared a better crisis strategy to deal with the fall-out. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »