The EU is trying to protect your memes: but it’s a battle against humourless algorithms – Sabine Jacques

23 03 2019

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The European parliament will vote at the end of March 2019 on a proposal to reform EU copyright law. Under this proposal, online platforms arguably have to introduce technological filters to tackle copyright infringements. This will be of particular interest to people who make satirical memes or parodies based on online content such as art or films, much of which is subject to copyright protection. Read the rest of this entry »





Keeping consumers safe online: regulation of online platforms – Mark Bunting

8 03 2019

A Government white paper from DCMS and the Home Office on internet safety is anticipated in the coming weeks, and is expected to propose a plan for regulation of online platforms.  Read the rest of this entry »





The law is closing in on Facebook and the ‘digital gangsters’ – Sacha Molitorisz and Derek Wilding

3 03 2019

For social media and search engines, the law is back in town. Prompted by privacy invasions, the spread of misinformation, a crisis in news funding and potential interference in elections, regulators in several countries now propose a range of interventions to curb the power of digital platforms. Read the rest of this entry »





The DCMS Select Committee’s proposals for social media regulation: would they work? – Emma Goodman

1 03 2019

The DCMS Select Committee’s new report is the result of an 18-month inquiry into Disinformation and ‘fake news’ which received 98 written evidence submissions (including one from me and my colleagues outlining the report of the LSE Commission into Truth, Trust and Technology) and oral evidence from more than 50 individuals. Read the rest of this entry »





DCMS final report: Disinformation and “fake news”, Some initial thoughts – Zoe McCallum

20 02 2019

The final report of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Disinformation and Fake News [pdf] was published on 18 February 2019. It is the product of an 18 month process – far in excess of the normal timeframe for Select Committee inquiries, involving 170 written submissions and 73 oral witnesses. Read the rest of this entry »





News: DCMS Committee publishes its final report, “Disinformation and ‘fake news'”

19 02 2019

The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published its final report on “Disinformation and ‘fake news’” [pdf] after an inquiry lasting 18 months. Read the rest of this entry »





Social media doesn’t need new regulations to make the internet safer: GDPR can do the job – Eerke Boiten

16 02 2019

From concerns about data sharing to the hosting of harmful content, every week seems to bring more clamour for new laws to regulate the technology giants and make the internet “safer”. But what if our existing data protection laws, at least in Europe, could achieve most of the job? Read the rest of this entry »