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 »





Online trolling used to be funny, but now the term refers to something far more sinister – Evita March

6 02 2019

File 20190131 108351 w5ujdy.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1 It seems like internet trolling happens everywhere online these days – and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. This week, the British press and Kensington Palace officials have called for an end to the merciless online trolling of Duchesses Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, which reportedly includes racist and sexist content, and even threats. Read the rest of this entry »





Amazon, Facebook and Google don’t need to spy on your conversations to know what you’re talking about – Jason Nurse

27 01 2019

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If you’ve ever wondered if your phone is spying on you, you’re not alone. One of the most hotly debated topics in technology today is the amount of data that firms surreptitiously gather about us online. You may well have shared the increasingly common experience of feeling creeped out by ads for something you recently discussed in a real life conversation or an online interaction. Read the rest of this entry »





It’s time for a new way to regulate social media platforms – Natasha Tusikov and Blayne Haggart

19 01 2019

File 20190109 32130 14oui8j.png?ixlib=rb 1.1When it came to our online lives, 2018 was revealing in its dysfunction. The just-expired year’s parade of scandals at Facebook alone was relentless — Cambridge Analytica, its inflation of video-viewing stats that have been credited with convincing legacy media companies to “pivot to video” and away from print, data breaches, playing fast and loose with users’ data and of course its role in enabling Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Read the rest of this entry »





Internet legal developments to look out for in 2019 – Graham Smith

29 12 2018

A bumper crop of pending litigation and legislative initiatives for the coming year (without even thinking about Brexit). Read the rest of this entry »