Polls: 69% support right to internet, but 60% think Facebook should monitor private messages

10 12 2014

internetAccording to a recent YouGov opinion poll, 69% of the public believe that there is a right to internet access.

The same poll,  asked questions about “net neutrality”.  Although only 18% of respondents were familiar with the term, however, in response to the question: Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Defamation, Facebook and the Seventh-Graders – Susan Brenner

25 10 2014

SWW-classroom1This post examines a recent opinion which the Court of Appeals of Georgia issued in a civil case: Boston v. Athearn, 2014 WL 5068649 (2013). This was a case in which Alexandria Boston (`Alex’), a minor, through her parents Amy and Christopher Boston, brought an action againt Dustin Athearn (‘Dustin’), a minor, his parents, Sandra and Michael Athearn, and other defendants. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Australia, North Coast Children’s Home Inc. v Keith Martin, the perils of digital defamation – Yvonne Kux

17 08 2014

gazetteIn the case of  North Coast Children’s Home Inc. trading as Child & Adolescent Specialist Programs & Accommodation (CASPA) v Martin ([2014] NSWDC 125) a foster care organisation and two of its employees who sued over Facebook posts and emails which alleged child abuse, have been awarded a total of $250,000 in damages. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook’s Community Standards: Severed heads are okay, but nipples are bad (unless accompanied by a baby) – Gideon Benaim and Jon Oakley

6 08 2014

news-reputation2_jpgFor the first time in history, unfiltered publication is possible from almost anywhere.  Amongst many other things, this means that graphic images can be shared from areas all around the world where acts of extreme violence are being committed Read the rest of this entry »





The Rich Kids of Snapchat – Jessica Lovell and Ellis Schindler

18 07 2014

Rich KidsWith the current obsession with television shows following the lives of the privileged and wealthy, it is somewhat unsurprising that Social Media groups which offer a sneak peak at the opulent lifestyles of the young and rich have gone viral. Perhaps the best known such group is “Rich Kids on Snapchat”. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook, Google and the little people… Paul Bernal

11 07 2014

Facebook logo reflected in eyeigooglemagesThe last week has emphasised the sheer power and influence of the internet giants – Facebook and Google in particular. Read the rest of this entry »





Ten Years of Facebook: Where is the “Twibel” equivalent and why Zuckerberg’s creation is different (if, indeed, it is)? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

8 03 2014

Facebook logo reflected in eyeLast month, Facebook celebrated its tenth birthday. The customised 10 year anniversary videos shared by many Facebook users, reflecting their (largely positive) experiences since joining the site, paint a rosy picture of the company’s first decade. Read the rest of this entry »








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