‘Upskirting’ and ‘revenge porn’: the need for a comprehensive law – Erika Rackley and Clare McGlynn

17 06 2018

File 20180615 85854 1wozlge.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1After months of campaigning and meetings, it appears that moves to criminalise “upskirting” – the act of taking secret, sexually intrusive photographs – have stalled. For now. This is disappointing. However, all may not be lost. It is now time for the government to step up – and to eliminate inconsistencies in the treatment of victims of image-based sexual abuse. Read the rest of this entry »





France: The legal fight against ‘fake news’ must not veer into censorship – Matthew Fraser

16 06 2018

File 20180608 191981 yzu5nm.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1France’s parliament is debating a law that would give the state the power to censor “fake news”. If the law is passed, the French state will have the powers to ban, through a court order, the publication of any news considered false in run-up period before elections. Read the rest of this entry »





Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to step down (but don’t expect much to change) – Ivor Gaber

10 06 2018

File 20180607 137306 1lh2nat.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Among the glowing tributes to Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre – who has announced he will step down in November after 26 years at the helm – I have yet to spot one that mentions this description of his methods from a recent unauthorised history of the newspaper: Read the rest of this entry »





Fake news week: three stories that reveal the extreme pressure journalism is now under – Richard Sambrook

3 06 2018

File 20180601 142075 d0jj8g.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Three news stories in as many days have betrayed how little understood – or apparently respected – are some of the core principles which underline reputable journalism. For those who believe that trustworthy news and information – and strong institutions behind them – matter in a democracy it is a worrying sign. For the growing numbers of media cynics, it is further evidence of media elitism or corruption. Read the rest of this entry »





The Sun’s ethical failings over the Raheem Sterling gun tattoo story – Simon McEnnis

1 06 2018

The Sun newspaper has caused controversy with a front page story about England striker Raheem Sterling displaying an assault rifle tattoo on his right leg. The story quotes anti-gun campaigners demanding the Manchester City player is dropped from the England squad for the World Cup in Russia next month. The story sparked clashes on social media between the likes of Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Federal judge rules Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum – Clay Calvert

27 05 2018

File 20180524 51135 12psfdb.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1A federal judge in New York has ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. While the case will likely be appealed and could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision is a resounding victory for the First Amendment right of citizens to speak to and disagree with government officials in the social media era. Read the rest of this entry »





GDPR: ground zero for a more trusted, secure internet – Bill Buchanan

26 05 2018

File 20180525 51102 a4jra3.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Most of us have been bombarded recently by a barrage of emails from companies begging us to “stay in touch” or “opt in” or informing us of a “policy update”. On May 25, an historic date for the internet, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. For some, it is the start of a more citizen-focused world, for others it will see the collapse of their digital marketing strategy. Read the rest of this entry »