What will the UK election mean for online privacy? – Vladlena Benson

7 06 2017

The recent cyber attack that crippled the NHS demonstrated why cyber-security is a vital issue and one that can affect an entire country. The recent terrorist attack in Manchester also reminded people what’s at stake when deciding what data gathering and surveillance powers the government should have. Read the rest of this entry »





It came from CyberSpace: Defamation Law and the Internet – Judith Gibson

26 09 2014

gazetteIn an important new paper, the New South Wales District Court’s Defamation List Judge Judith Gibson looks at the case law on defamation and the internet, from both the plaintiff and defendant points of view.  The paper was given at the NSW State Legal Conference on Thursday 28 August 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





Parents do Communicate with Kids about Online Risks – Leslie Haddon

12 03 2014

Internet-issues-300x184LSE’s Leslie Haddon responds to a 3 March post by Chandni Rani that argued the proposed Online Safety Bill currently in committee in the UK Parliament would be a “big step forward” in protecting children online. He shares recent findings from research into parent-child communication about online content. Read the rest of this entry »





China’s new rules for online expression: talk just became a lot less cheap – Rogier Creemers

14 09 2013

China OnlineThe campaign against the spread of online rumours and false information in China continues to escalate. In the wake of a swathe of articles, amongst others in Red Flag Magazine, earlier announcements by the State Internet Information Office and the prosecution of a number of news websites, the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate have introduced a judicial interpretation (original/our translation) that expands criminal liability to include a number of online activities. Read the rest of this entry »





Libel, privacy and freedom of expression online: the future, the Defamation Bill, Leveson and beyond, Part 2 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

8 02 2013

net-275This is the second part of a two part post, the first part was published on 7 February 2013.

Licensing of the presses disappeared at the end of the seventeenth century and, over the next three centuries parliament did not seek to impose any general legal framework on the press.  This remains the position. Unlike many other countries who are subject to the European Convention on Human Rights the United Kingdom does not have any general legal framework to define the rights and responsibilities of the media. Read the rest of this entry »





Libel, privacy and freedom of expression online: the future, the Defamation Bill, Leveson and beyond, Part 1 – Hugh Tomlinson QC

7 02 2013

Justice TrainingOver the last four years issues of media law and regulation have moved from being the concern of a few specialists and academics into the mainstream of public debate.  They have moved from the media and law pages of the broadsheets to the front pages of the tabloids. The key events are well known. Read the rest of this entry »