If digital intermediaries are to be regulated, how should it be done? – Jacob Rowbottom

19 07 2018

The regulation of digital intermediaries has been an increasingly high-profile issue. Earlier this month, The Times called for the creation of a statutory regulator – which they would call Ofnet – ‘to protect internet users from harmful content and the monopolistic behaviour of the biggest online names’. Read the rest of this entry »





Conference: EU Internet Regulation After Google Spain

6 03 2015

cels-logo-conf-27-marchA one day conference on “EU Internet Regulation after Google Spain” is being held at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law on 27 March 2015. Read the rest of this entry »





The Royal Charter, Bloggers and Internet regulation – an extension too far? – Tim Lowles

21 03 2013

Int regAs one would expect, the subject of applying regulation to the internet, has come under particular scrutiny from the online community as a result of proposals contained in the draft Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press and amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill. On the whole they have been criticised as an unwarranted extension which will have a “chilling effect” on internet publishers. Is this an accurate assessment of the proposals? Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Northern Ireland, AB Ltd v Facebook Ireland, Libel damages for anonymous posts

5 03 2013

On 6 February 2013 Mr Justice McCloskey in the High Court of Northern Ireland handed down judgment in the case of AB Ltd and Ors v Facebook Ireland Ltd ([2013] NIQB 14).  We had a post about this decision on 9 February 2013.  The case concerned what the judge described as a “campaign of public vilification and harassment of the second, third and fourth named plaintiffs by way of publications made upon the Facebook website.” [5]  The full judgment is now available.  Read the rest of this entry »