Regulating against online harms: corporate accountability’s new wave? – Jonny Shipp and Thorsten Brønholt

2 05 2019

As it celebrates its 30th anniversary the Internet revolution has lost its way. From democratising and emancipatory beginnings, the information superhighway has become a hotbed of crime, harm and offence, powered by designed addition and fake news. Read the rest of this entry »





Users Behaving Badly: the Online Harms White Paper – Graham Smith

30 04 2019

On 8 April 2019, having spent the best part of a day reading the UK government’s Online Harms White Paper, I concluded that if the road to hell was paved with good intentions, this was a motorway. After full and further consideration, I have found nothing to alter that view. This is why. Read the rest of this entry »





Online harms proposals represent the start of the journey – David Barker and Alex Keenlyside

27 04 2019

Last week the UK government published its white paper on online harms. The proposals are focused on what internet companies should do to help address what is an important and complex issue, and they should be viewed as the start of the journey rather than the destination. Read the rest of this entry »





What the UK’s Online Harms white paper teaches us about internet regulation – Richard Haggart and Natasha Tusikov

22 04 2019

File 20190417 139094 88004o.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Amidst a growing consensus that social media and online platforms must be subject to public regulation, the United Kingdom has stepped up to do just that. In doing so, it has made a lot of people very angry. Read the rest of this entry »





The White Paper on Online Harms. Keep in mind the bigger picture – Damian Tambini

18 04 2019

Protests that the government proposals for a duty of care on social media  are a threat to free speech appear to be missing the point. European standards on freedom of expression give states ample justification for regulating speech that is harmful or undermines national security – if regulations are proportionate, prescribed by law and pursue a legitimate aim. Read the rest of this entry »





The Online Harms White Paper: its approach to disinformation, and the challenges of regulation – Emma Goodman

13 04 2019

A new Online Harms White Paper, published jointly by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport and the Home Office, calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harm. Read the rest of this entry »





Discover Leveson: new online resource offers researchers convenient access to historic inquiry evidence – Paul Magrath

12 04 2019

A comprehensive and interactive online research resource, containing all the evidence and publications of the Leveson Inquiry into press misconduct (2011-12) has been developed and hosted by Kingston University under the leadership of its Professor of Journalism, Brian Cathcart. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Reform Coalition: Media Manifesto 2019

10 04 2019

The Media Reform Coalition (“MRC”) has pulled together extensive academic research and a number of briefing reports produced by, and in consultation with, a broad range of experts and stakeholders to produce its latest Media Manifesto. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Government Publishes White Paper on “Online Harms”, proposes “duty of care” and independent regulation

9 04 2019

On 8 April 2019 the UK Government published its long awaited “Online Harms White Paper” [pdf].  This aims to reduce the diffusion of harmful content on the internet. The White Paper was launched at the British Library with a speech by the Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The Executive Summary can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »





Zuckerberg’s ‘new rules’ for the internet must move from words to actions – Andrew Quodling

7 04 2019

After years of rejecting calls for increased regulatory oversight of Facebook, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has now called for more cooperation with government in dealing with problems posed by internet platforms and emergent internet technologies. Read the rest of this entry »