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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How to regulate Facebook and the online giants in one word: transparency – George Brock

19 10 2017

File 20171016 31002 qye930.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Demands to regulate hi-tech companies like Google, Facebook and Apple are being heard at deafening pitch almost every day. This rush by the political herd on both sides of the Atlantic to make new laws (or to enforce the breakup of these corporations) is no better focused or thought-out than the extraordinary degree of latitude which the same political classes were prepared to allow the same online platforms only a couple of years ago. Read the rest of this entry »





Problems with Filters in the European Commission’s Platforms Proposal – Daphne Keller

13 10 2017

Earlier I posted about the European Commission’s Communication on Illegal Content Online. I said it dangerously over-estimated the power of procedural mechanisms like counter-notice to get legal speech back online once platforms take it down. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: The exorbitant injunction in X v Twitter – Michael Douglas

4 10 2017

The NSW Supreme Court has issued a global injunction enjoining overseas defendants to remove tweets of a corporate leaker … Sydney University media law academic Michael Douglas reviews the case, and the injunction.

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Could Snapchat’s biggest selling point now be its downfall? – Rebecca Mardon

23 09 2017

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When Snapchat launched in 2011, ephemerality was its unique selling point. Its self-destructing photo and video messages were a stark departure from established social media platforms, which encouraged users to construct and populate content-laden profiles. Read the rest of this entry »





Can taking down websites really stop terrorists and hate groups? -Thomas Holt, Joshua D Freilich and Steven Chermak

17 09 2017

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In the wake of an explosion in London on September 15, President Trump called for cutting off extremists’ access to the internet. Racists and terrorists, and many other extremists, have used the internet for decades and adapted as technology evolved, shifting from text-only discussion forums to elaborate and interactive websites, custom-built secure messaging systems and even entire social media platforms. Read the rest of this entry »





Digging for dirt in the digital age: the trouble with journalism and doxing – Colette Snowden

30 08 2017

Even before the march in Charlottesville turned violent, images of white supremacist demonstrators were posted on social media along with requests to identify them. Read the rest of this entry »