Ethical questions over Number 10’s social media push for Brexit deal – Toby S James

17 11 2018

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The prime minister is on a mission to defend her Brexit deal. After a three-hour grilling from MPs on November 15, Theresa May came out fighting in a press conference, dismissing the idea that she would be ousted as Conservative Party leader. The next morning, she took callers’ questions about the draft Withdrawal Agreement on LBC radio. Read the rest of this entry »





Entering the Era of Internet Accountability: The Implications for Copyright – Hugh Stephens

7 11 2018

I recently had the honour to be invited to give a guest lecture to the Copyright Society of Australia in Sydney. My talk focussed on how the Internet has evolved over the past twenty years, leading to a severe imbalance between Internet platforms and the creative community because of the abuse and misuse of safe harbours, and how recent events have put the big platforms in the spotlight—indeed in the crosshairs of the public and politicians. Read the rest of this entry »





The Peter Hain Case: Parliamentary Privilege and Article IX of the Bill of Rights – Robert Craig

2 11 2018

Peter Hain’s decision to breach an interim injunction granted by the Court of Appeal in the case of ABC v Telegraph Media Group has caused serious concern. It is one of the cardinal rules in Parliament that members should not interfere in ongoing legal proceedings and Hain did not wait until the end of the proceedings before breaching this injunction, even though the case had been scheduled for an early full hearing. He does not appear even to have read the court judgment he saw fit to overrule, effectively. Read the rest of this entry »





Sexual offences, domestic violence and women’s health: Developments from IPSO and the ASA – Demelza Hassani

31 10 2018

Two recent IPSO developments and one decision from the Advertising Standard Agency (“ASA”) demonstrate a trend towards more active challenging and regulation of the media in respect of issues relating to sexual offences, domestic violence and women’s health. Read the rest of this entry »






Big Fail: The internet hasn’t helped democracy – Robert Diab

24 10 2018

File 20181015 165888 1a4fk3s.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Hardly a week goes by without news of another data breach at a large corporation affecting millions, most recently Facebook. In 2016, the issue became political with evidence of Russian interference in the U.S. election and the spectre of foreign control over public opinion. Read the rest of this entry »





Is high quality journalism sustainable? Transparency Project evidence to the Cairncross Review

26 09 2018

The Cairncross review was set up by the government in March 2018 to investigate “how to sustain the production and distribution of high-quality journalism in a changing market”. Read the rest of this entry »