Ashley Madison, personal data release and the dark web – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

21 08 2015

Ashley-MadisonHackers calling themselves ‘The Impact Team’ (TIT) have carried out their threat to release the hacked data from the adult dating site Ashley Madison (AM), which uses the slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair“. AM is part of Canadian company Avid Life Media (ALM), which specialises in websites offering married users opportunities to hook up with similarly attached people. Other associated ALM sites include Cougar Life and Established Men. Read the rest of this entry »





The dangers of social media in the workplace – Aimee Stevens

20 05 2015

Facebook-at-workSocial media can do an immense amount of good but we have also seen what happens when it goes wrong. There have been a wealth of bust ups via Twitter, for instance; JP Morgan being forced to stop a Twitter Q and A session, and the many Twitter troll trials. But what happens when the everyday user takes to social media to talk about work? Read the rest of this entry »





The cloak of anonymity? The naming of rape victims on social media – Clare Brown

20 02 2015

anonymous-femaleThe Ched Evans rape case has polarised opinion, so it’s time for some straight talking. The woman in question is entitled to remain anonymous under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992. The legislation makes it quite clear that the victim in a case of rape is entitled to anonymity in the press.  Read the rest of this entry »





Bloggers Beware – Clare Brown

18 02 2015

BLOGBlogs and their related video based versions ‘vlogs’ remain a popular way for individuals, organisations, and companies to communicate with others. Blogs are often linked to other networks, such as Twitter or LinkedIn; new content can be promoted to followers and friends. It takes minimal effort to produce a professional looking blog and generate a number of regular readers. Read the rest of this entry »





Moonpig’s cyber security flaw: what a pigsty – Sophie Pugh

3 02 2015

MoonpigPersonalised greeting card company Moonpig recently became the latest in a string of companies to hit the headlines because of a flaw in its cyber security. The flaw was found by developer Paul Price back in August 2013. He contacted Moonpig and was told that it would fix the problem. Read the rest of this entry »





Intimate Images and Consent – Alex Cochrane

30 01 2015

revenge-porn-pink-methLast week, there were whispers on social media that The Sun newspaper had made an editorial decision to axe page 3. These rumours appeared to be confirmed as fact when The Times, a sibling newspaper of The Sun, reported the decision.  Read the rest of this entry »





Hate Crimes and Drag Queens in Cyber Space – Rhory Robertson and James Hooper

11 10 2014

Hate CrimesIn a new book published by Harvard University Press, “Hate Crimes in Cyber Space” Prof. Danielle Citron lays her prescription for tackling the “awful internet”. In the wake of the Fappening and innumerable cases of cyber harassment, hers is a timely and authoritative intervention. Since Prof. Citron has already testified before Parliament on cyber hate and sits on the influential Anti-Cyberhate Working Group, her book and views are likely to inform future policy and legislation towards the internet. Read the rest of this entry »





More #Trolls and #Trolling: the last three months of online abuse – Clare Brown

30 09 2014

cyber-bullyThis time last year I reported that summer 2013 had seen an explosion of online abuse. From TV academics, politicians, journalists, campaigners to troubled teenagers, certain individuals (and groups of individuals) were using social media to target vulnerable people. This summer has felt less dramatic on a day to day basis but I thought it would be helpful to review the past three months. Read the rest of this entry »





The Data Protection Act: a stone to sling at the Facebook Goliath? – Rhory Robertson and Sophie Pugh

29 07 2014

Facebook logo reflected in eyeWhen you log into Facebook the first thing you see is your ‘newsfeed’: a seemingly random collection of messages, status updates and photographs posted by your Facebook friends. We say “seemingly random” with scepticism because of course Facebook is not so rudimentary.  Read the rest of this entry »





The Perils of “Revenge Porn”, Part 2 – Alex Cochrane

22 07 2014

end-revenge-porn-031013In October 2013, I wrote about the recent emergence of revenge porn. This is the increasingly common problem faced by individuals, usually women, on the break-up of a relationship during which they had shared intimate photographs or videos of themselves with their former lover (consensually) and which are then published online (without their consent) in an act of revenge. Read the rest of this entry »