Pulling at the Curtain, Social Media and Jury Trials – Paul Wragg

17 11 2017

Jeremy Wright QC MP, the Attorney General, has issued a call for evidence on the impact of social media on criminal trials.  “Our Contempt of Court laws are designed to prevent trial by media, however, are they able to protect against trials by social media?Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review: Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide (eds Hugh Tomlinson QC & Guy Vassall- Adams) – Christina Michalos

15 11 2017

Online Publication Claims: A Practical Guide pretty much does what it says on the tin cover. It is a new book written collectively by media law practitioners at Matrix Chambers dealing with, surprisingly enough, claims arising out of internet publication. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulate social media platforms before it’s too late – Natasha Tusikov

9 11 2017
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In the past week, Silicon Valley has faced renewed calls for greater regulation of social media platforms amid the growing scandal of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Given rising awareness of the serious problems inherent within U.S. internet giants’ business models, it’s an opportune time to discuss how best to regulate these companies. Read the rest of this entry »





#MeToo, naming and shaming: a risky business? – Brett Wilson

2 11 2017

“#MeToo”: Five letters that have been tweeted millions of times in the past month, and demonstrate the enormous power of social media and how it can bring about change for the good. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Google in Colombia, Constitutional Court orders deletion of defamatory Blogger material

27 10 2017

The latest episode in the Google litigation story has been written by the Colombian Constitutional Court. In the case of Fierro Calcedo v Google Inc (Judgment T-063A/17, in Spanish) that court ordered Google Inc, as the owner of “Blogger.com” to delete a blog which anonymously alleged that the claimant was guilty of fraud.  Read the rest of this entry »





Online Publication Claims: Norwich Pharmacal orders and Jurisdiction Issues – Kirsten Sjøvoll

26 10 2017

Norwich Pharmacal orders may be made against individuals or companies who are not guilty of any wrongdoing but who are involved in that wrongdoing and can provide relevant information to an intended claimant. Norwich Pharmacal orders are now commonly sought against ISPs in order to compel disclosure of information held by them about their users. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: “Heroic” or just plain risky? Twitter’s approach to proceedings backfires – Simon Johnson and Freda Chan

20 10 2017
Recent Court-ordered Twitter takedown involving an anonymous tweeter has some interesting lessons, particularly for “foreign” online platforms …  Simon Johnson and Freda Chan look at the judgment and its implications.

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