Filtering Facebook: Why Internet Users and EU Policymakers Should Worry about the Advocate General’s Opinion in Glawischnig-Piesczek – Daphne Keller

8 09 2019

Summer is winding down, and policymakers in Brussels are returning to an ambitious task: drafting new regulation for the Internet. Meanwhile, in Luxembourg, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is deciding cases that will affect both Internet platforms’ operations and lawmakers’ choices in devising new laws. Read the rest of this entry »





The internet is rotting: let’s embrace it – Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

26 07 2019

I have just taken an entire website and gigabytes of data offline. It covered a highly successful series of conferences on the data economy. It brought together thought leaders and key decision-makers from around the world for annual retreats – over a decade ago. And now it is gone. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Harms White Paper – Some Consultation Responses [Updated3]

20 07 2019

The consultation period for the Government’s “Online Harms White Paper” closed on 1 July 2019.  The consultation website tells us that the Government is “analysing your feedback”. Read the rest of this entry »





Four ways blockchain could make the internet safer, fairer and more creative – Hitesh Tewari

18 07 2019

The internet is unique in that it has no central control, administration or authority. It has given everyone with access to it a platform to express their views and exchange ideas with others instantaneously. But in recent years, internet services such as search engines and social media platforms have increasingly been provided by a small number of very large tech firms. Read the rest of this entry »





Our “data self” explained. A brief journey into Surveillance Capitalism – Nataly Tedone

17 07 2019

If we had the choice to be paid to discuss and share our likes, dislikes, food choices, political views, health issues, desires, fears and anything that makes us unique, would we? Read the rest of this entry »





How much is your data worth to tech companies? US Lawmakers want to tell you, but it’s not that easy to calculate – Samuel Lengen

16 07 2019

New proposed legislation by U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Josh Hawley seeks to protect privacy by forcing tech companies to disclose the “true value” of their data to users. Read the rest of this entry »





Does UK tech policy show a lack of coordination? – Damian Tambini

13 07 2019

It has been an extraordinarily busy year in UK tech policy. The Furman Review reported on digital competition, recommending changes to competition law and a new regulator to deal with data dominance, competition and consumer welfare. Read the rest of this entry »





Online Harms White Paper: Two comments on “harms” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

5 07 2019

The Online Harms White Paper proposes to subject companies that allow users to share or discover user-generated content or interact with each other online (“platforms”) to a new “duty of care”. The intention is to make platforms take more responsibility for protecting users against a variety of “online harms”. Read the rest of this entry »





Revenge pornography and online hate content: the evidence underpinning calls for regulating online harms in the UK – Julia Davidson and Sonia Livingstone

4 07 2019

The UK Government’s Online Harms White Paper includes a much-discussed Table (p.31) on the online harms in scope of the proposed regulation. This distinguishes “Harms with a clear definition” from “Harms with a less clear definition” and “Underage exposure to legal content.” Read the rest of this entry »





Break up big tech? Make it fairer? Sure, but let’s support our right to refuse what technology companies offer us – Seeta Peña Gangadharan

30 06 2019

With billions of people now members of social media networks such as Facebook and the all-pervasiveness of big tech throughout many aspects of our lives, conversations about digital citizenship have never been more important. Read the rest of this entry »