If digital intermediaries are to be regulated, how should it be done? – Jacob Rowbottom

19 07 2018

The regulation of digital intermediaries has been an increasingly high-profile issue. Earlier this month, The Times called for the creation of a statutory regulator – which they would call Ofnet – ‘to protect internet users from harmful content and the monopolistic behaviour of the biggest online names’. Read the rest of this entry »





In the era of ‘fake news’, Americans would like to change the media model – Marc Fleurbaey

18 07 2018
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In a November 2016 article, Nick Couldry and Clemencia Rodriguez (from the International Panel on Social Progress) stated that “media infrastructure is a common good whose governance and design should be much more open to democratic engagement than currently.” Does the population agree with this view? Read the rest of this entry »





Carnegie UK Trust: A proposal for harm reduction in Social media – Lorna Woods

17 07 2018

Concern about the possible harmful effects of social media can now be seen in civil society, politics and the justice system not just in the UK but around the world.  Read the rest of this entry »





House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”, An overview of the evidence, Part 1 – Oscar Davies

15 07 2018

The House of Lords Communications Committee has launched an inquiry into how the regulation of the internet should be improved.  Oral and Written evidence has been provided to the Committee by a very wide range of companies, NGOs and individuals from a variety of perspectives.   Read the rest of this entry »





The European Parliament’s Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook #1: ‘and in the blue corner…’ – Pascal Crowe

30 06 2018

2018 has been an annus horribilis for tech in general, and Facebook in particular. The scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the UK referendum about whether or not to remain in the European Union, has resulted in a tsunami of political fallout on both sides of the Atlantic. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulating the internet: intermediaries to perpetrators – Graham Smith

29 06 2018

Nearly twenty five years after the advent of the Web, and longer since the birth of the internet, we still hear demands that the internet should be regulated – for all the world as if people who use the internet were not already subject to the law. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia, Trkulja v Google LLC, The return of Trkulja, Episode IV – Justin Castelan

27 06 2018

The Trkulja defamation franchise is into its fourth instalment, with the latest victory against the Google Empire coming with a stirring outcome arising from Mr Trkulja’s debut appearance in the High Court ([2018] HCA 25). Read the rest of this entry »