House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”, An overview of the evidence, Part 3 – Oscar Davies

23 09 2018

This is the final part on a series looking at the evidence submitted for the House of Lords Communications Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?” (Part 1 and Part 2 were published in July and August). Part 3 considers the responses to questions 7 to 9 of the Call for Evidence. Read the rest of this entry »





Long Read: What would a social media regulator actually do? – Damian Tambini

22 09 2018

It is happening. Amid rising concern about the overwhelming size, power and ethics all of online intermediaries, governments and regulators are debating a comprehensive new regulatory framework for the Internet. A UK government paper on the proposed Digital Charter is expected in the coming weeks, parliamentary committees will report and the LSE T3 Commission will table proposals in November. Read the rest of this entry »





Why tech giants have little to lose (and lots to win) from new EU copyright law – Maurizio Borghi

20 09 2018

File 20180919 158243 roiwue.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The new European Union Copyright Directive, passed recently by the European parliament after a vociferous campaign both for and against, has been described by its advocates as Europe striking a blow against US tech giants in the battle for control of copyrighted content online. Read the rest of this entry »





The essential elements of the new Internet governance: diversity, optimism and independence – Jonny Shipp

7 09 2018

Policymakers and the Silicon Valley giants are engaged in a battle over freedom and regulation. The Internet Commission is catalysing a new, positive cycle of organisational accountability, transparency and multi-stakeholder dialogue. The Dialogue on Digital Responsibility brings policymakers, academics and activists together with online firms to make progress on digital responsibility and accountability. Read the rest of this entry »





The darknet is not a hellhole, it’s an answer to internet privacy – Andreas Zaunseder

26 08 2018

File 20180814 2924 1pkzdbk.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1On the back of scandals such as those that engulfed the NSA and Cambridge Analytica, online privacy and data protection have become major political concerns. Many of us worry that private companies and governments know more about us than our closest friends and relatives. Read the rest of this entry »





Germany: Removal of online hate speech in numbers – Kirsten Gollatz, Martin J Riedl and Jens Pohlmann

24 08 2018

Six months after a new German law  the Network Enforcement Act  has come into full effect, social media platforms are tasked to report on illegal hate speech. But as these figures have been made available, what can we learn from them? Researcher Kirsten Gollatz, Fellow Martin J. Riedl and Jens Pohlmann from the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) have a closer look at the reports. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Profit, not free speech, governs media companies’ decisions on controversy – Amanda Lotz

22 08 2018

For decades, U.S. media companies have limited the content they’ve offered based on what’s good for business. The decisions by Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube to remove content from commentator Alex Jones and his InfoWars platform follow this same pattern. Read the rest of this entry »