Australia: Four laws that need urgent reform to protect both national security and press freedom – Denis Muller

21 06 2019

In a perfect world, Australia would introduce constitutional protections for freedom of the press. But since the chances of that are next to zero, it might be more productive to look instead at what might be done to make the existing web of secrecy laws less repressive. Read the rest of this entry »





Surveillance cameras will soon be unrecognisable: time for an urgent public conversation – William Webster

19 06 2019

It is often argued that the UK is the most surveilled country on the planet. This may or may not have been the case in the past but there are certainly now millions of surveillance cameras in public spaces – not to mention private buildings and homes. Read the rest of this entry »





Assange’s new indictment: Espionage and the First Amendment – Ofer Raban

30 05 2019

Julian Assange, the co-founder of WikiLeaks, has been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with a slew of Espionage Act violations that could keep him in prison for the rest of his life. Read the rest of this entry »





What we know about how political parties use Facebook advertising and what we don’t – Katharine Dommett and Sam Power

29 05 2019

Over the past five years, Facebook has exploded as a site for political advertising and election campaigning. Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Merkel have all used it to promote their ideas. Yet despite the increasing prominence of Facebook, we currently know very little about how much political parties actually spend on the platform. Read the rest of this entry »





The ‘Christchurch Call’ is just a start. Now we need to push for systemic change – Kevin Veale

17 05 2019

File 20190516 69186 15si7o9.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The “Christchurch Call” summit has made specific progress, with tech companies and world leaders signing an agreement to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. The question now is how we collectively follow up on its promise. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook wants to combat fake news with ID checks: with ‘grave implications’ for our privacy – Fadi Safieddine

10 05 2019

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The last time I recall someone demanding: “Show me your ID” was on the streets of Beirut during the final days of the civil war. Now, I get the same thing when I log into Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





How UK journalists compare with their German counterparts: new research – Neil Thurman and Imke Henkel

28 04 2019

File 20190424 19303 17t67jq.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The British press is regarded by the rest of the world as notoriously raucous. If you need an example of how raucous, the way British newspapers have reported Brexit is only one recent, if much-discussed, example. Read the rest of this entry »





Migrants and the media: what shapes the narratives on immigration in different countries – Rob McNeil

26 04 2019

File 20190426 194609 sjhjyi.png?ixlib=rb 1.1If you want to spoil a movie for yourself, wait for a nice dramatic moment and then imagine what it was like to shoot it: the cameras, sound and lighting crews all around; the portable toilets round the back; the half-finished bowl of crisps on the catering table. If a film is to succeed, it needs us to suspend our disbelief and not think about the process. Read the rest of this entry »





74 screens of legalese don’t protect your data: here’s a blueprint for new laws that could make a difference – Fred H Cate

20 04 2019

File 20190409 2912 1wuiuu0.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1All over the world, government officials are trying to figure out how to craft laws and regulations about privacy – especially for digital data and online activity. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation took effect in May 2018; about a month later, California’s new Consumer Privacy Act did too. Both impose stringent new legal requirements on organizations that collect and use personal data. Read the rest of this entry »