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Regulation of online platforms needs a complete reset – Nick Couldry and Dipayan Ghosh

Two decades ago, the US, UK and many other societies, without exactly intending to, delegated to digital platforms the redesign of the spaces where human beings meet, ignoring the possible social consequences. The result today, is a media ecosystem where it is business models, like those of Facebook and Google, that shape how our ideas and information circulate. Continue reading

Corporate Claimants in Libel: Part 2, The Defamation Act 2013 and its Impact – Guy Vassall-Adams QC

Parliament decided to legislate in relation to corporate libel claimants by tackling head on the presumption of harm. By s.1(1) of the Defamation Act 2013, Parliament established the well-known serious harm test: “A statement is not defamatory unless its publication has caused or is likely to cause serious harm to reputation”. By s1.(2), it was provided that “harm to the reputation of a body that trades for profit is not serious harm unless it has caused or is likely to cause serious financial loss”. Continue reading

Corporate Claimants in Libel Cases: Part 1, The Case for Reform – Guy Vassall-Adams QC

In June 1994 a libel trial began in the Royal Courts of Justice in London that would ultimately become the longest case in English legal history. Lasting 313 days, it pitted McDonalds, the fast food giant and multi-billion dollar company, against Helen Steel and David Morris, two activists of modest means who had distributed leaflets which were critical of the company. Continue reading

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