If it’s free online, you are the product – Karl Hodge

21 04 2018

File 20180418 163962 juyb9.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s recent testimony to congress highlights one of the key issues of our time – data acquisition by digital corporations and its lack of regulation. The kernel of the issue is in this exchange: Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook’s social responsibility should include privacy protection – Scott Shackelford

19 04 2018

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In his congressional testimony, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg seemed to understand the importance of protecting both the security and privacy of Facebook’s 2.2 billion users. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The law that made Facebook what it is today – Frank LoMonte

12 04 2018

File 20180410 536 1010ol.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Facebook is facing a reckoning in the court of public opinion for how the social media giant and its partners handle customer data. In the court of law, holding Facebook responsible for its actions has been quite a bit harder. Read the rest of this entry »





Why the business model of social media giants like Facebook is incompatible with human rights – Sarah Joseph

4 04 2018

File 20180329 189824 1k13qax.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Facebook has had a bad few weeks. The social media giant had to apologise for failing to protect the personal data of millions of users from being accessed by data mining company Cambridge Analytica. Outrage is brewing over its admission to spying on people via their Android phones. Its stock price plummeted, while millions deleted their accounts in disgust. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation in the digital age has morphed into litigation between private individuals – Derek Wilding

3 04 2018

New South Wales District Court judge Judith Gibson recently identified a worrying social trend she sees in running the court’s defamation list – “ordinary people” suing over social media posts. In turn, NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman committed to a review of defamation laws, in light of “the developing technological environment”. Read the rest of this entry »





‘Big Tech’ isn’t one big monopoly: it’s 5 companies all in different businesses – Amanda Lotz

1 04 2018

File 20180323 54898 1dnsu0o.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Public concern about Facebook’s power in society – and in politics – has skyrocketed in the wake of revelations that users’ data was analyzed by a U.K.-based marketing firm and used to construct highly targeted political propaganda in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Read the rest of this entry »





#MeToo exposes legal failures, but ‘trial by Twitter’ isn’t one of them – Christy Clark

21 03 2018

File 20180316 104671 12l78mb.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Critics have raised concerns that #MeToo has turned into a “trial by Twitter”, suggesting it has turned the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty on its head. The Australian’s opinion columnist Janet Albrechtsen argued this point on the ABC’s #MeToo Q&A special last month. Read the rest of this entry »