Prescription for journalists from journalists: Less time studying Twitter, more time studying math – John P. Wihbey

5 05 2019

File 20190430 136781 u6qok1.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1You hear a lot of heated claims and baseless generalities these days about what’s wrong with the news media. What’s seldom heard is what the underlying data indicate about true problem areas and where journalists need to improve. Read the rest of this entry »





Data privacy rules in the EU may leave the US behind – Thomas Holt

3 02 2019

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France made headlines on 21 January 2019 for fining Google US$57 million – the first large fine to be issued for violations of the European Union’s newly implemented General Data Protection Regulations. GDPR, as it’s called, is meant to ensure consumers’ personal information is appropriately used and protected by companies. It also creates procedures to sanction companies who misuse information. Read the rest of this entry »





A regulatory Trojan horse: decrypting calls for a Federal consumer privacy law in the United States – Suneet Sharma

15 11 2018

In a keynote speech before the European Parliament in Brussels on 24 October 2018, Tim Cook CEO of Apple called for the implementation of a Federal privacy law, praising the Parliament for its implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”): Read the rest of this entry »





‘Who Is America?’: Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series and the law suits that may follow… – Oscar Davies

21 07 2018

On Monday 15 July 2018 a preview of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new series ‘Who Is America’ was published on Showtime’s Youtube Channel. The 10 minute clip features a number of high-profile American gun supporters who agree to support a programme called ‘Kinder Guardians’ for 4 to 12 year old children. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Federal judge rules Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum – Clay Calvert

27 05 2018

File 20180524 51135 12psfdb.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1A federal judge in New York has ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. While the case will likely be appealed and could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision is a resounding victory for the First Amendment right of citizens to speak to and disagree with government officials in the social media era. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The law that made Facebook what it is today – Frank LoMonte

12 04 2018

File 20180410 536 1010ol.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Facebook is facing a reckoning in the court of public opinion for how the social media giant and its partners handle customer data. In the court of law, holding Facebook responsible for its actions has been quite a bit harder. Read the rest of this entry »





Are Website Operators in the US are Finally Going to Be Forced to Remove User Generated Defamation? – Yair Cohen

26 03 2018

On 3 April 2018 the California Supreme Court will hear oral submissions in a case of Hassell v. Bird.  The case is likely to have implications on the ability of business owners, including those who are located in the UK, to have fake and defamatory online reviews removed from US based websites.  Read the rest of this entry »





“Fake” news versus “wrong” news: a nonideological approach to a smarter readership – Charles J Glasser

31 01 2018

Before we attack the problem, we must understand that the idea of “disinformation” – and that’s what we’re talking about here – is very old one. During the 1930s, New York Times reporter Walter Duranty was found to have filed completely false stories covering up the barbaric cruelties and famine committed in Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union. Read the rest of this entry »





Top 10 Defamation Cases of 2017, a selection – Suneet Sharma

26 01 2018

Inforrm reported on a large number of defamation cases from around the world in 2017. This is my selection of the most legally and factually interesting cases from England, Australia and the United States from the past year.    Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Supreme Court considers privacy rights in the digital age – Oliver Persey

14 12 2017

On Wednesday 29 November 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (“the Court”) heard oral argument in Carpenter v. the United States. The issue in Carpenter is whether a warrantless seizure and search of records showing the location of a person’s mobile phone (Cell-Site Location Information – CSLI) over the course of 5 months is permitted by the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »