New Book: “Big Media and Internet Titans: Media Ownership – the Democratic Challenge” edited by Granville Williams

6 06 2014

bigmediacoverThe central argument in a new book, Big Media and Internet Titans is that media pluralism must be put back on the political agenda.  The book has been published by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

“We identify key policy issues,” said the book’s editor, Granville Williams, “and argue that  governments need to recognise that unless there are clear rules and limits on media ownership, democracy suffers. The Leveson Inquiry demonstrated this unequivocally.” Read the rest of this entry »

A right to be forgotten? EU Court sets worrying precedent for free speech – Gabrielle Guillemin

17 05 2014

Google and SpeakingOn 13 May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down its much-awaited decision in Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, Mario Costeja González. The Court held that a search engine operator is responsible for the processing of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties. Read the rest of this entry »

Book: Internet Privacy Rights: Rights to Protect Autonomy – Paul Bernal

5 04 2014

Internet Privacy RightsMy first book, Internet Privacy Rights – Rights to Protect Autonomy – has just been published, in the Cambridge University Press series ‘Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law’. It is an academic book, and written from the perspective of a legal academic, but it is intended as something that contributes to a debate far beyond the ivory towers of academe, and in fields beyond that of law. It is also written, I hope, in a form that should make it accessible to people other than academics, and in particular other than lawyers. Read the rest of this entry »

Parenting in cyberspace – Susan Breen

14 03 2014

cyberspace-small-bannerThis article very much flows from the article written by Chandni Rani on the Online Safety Bill, posted on 3 March and is an attempt to provide a view from the parenting front line. Interestingly my own experience very much mirrors the view of Leslie Haddon in his response of 12 March namely that parents are, as I am, trying to engage, and it would seem from the research they are achieving results.   Read the rest of this entry »

Cyber News Down Under: The Antipodean Troll, a different kind of species? – Tom Double

13 03 2014

Charlotte DawsonWhat a tragedy it is that it requires another suicide to regenerate widespread interest in cyberbullying, the phenomenon that has become the scourge of the internet age. Charlotte Dawson, the New Zealand–Australian television personality, recently took her own life following a lengthy battle against anonymous Twitter trolls, which has precipitated calls for tougher anti-cyberbullying legislation in Australia  (see and sign here).  Read the rest of this entry »

Children and the Internet: Keeping them Safe – Chandni Rani

3 03 2014

ONLINE-SAFETY-TITLE-2Latest figures show that an increasing number of young children are savvier about the internet than their parents and easily circumvent internet filters that have been put in place by their parents. Baroness Howe’s Online Safety Bill [pdf] goes some way in addressing this problem by proposing to impose compulsory internet filters on all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Mobile Phone Operators (MPOs). Read the rest of this entry »

Privacy and the Internet – David Rolph

8 02 2014

gazetteA recent UK High Court decision determined that the misuse of private information is a tort … Sydney media law academic Dr David Rolph looks at the ramifications for the development of a privacy law in Australia Read the rest of this entry »

Internet legal developments to look out for in 2014 – Graham Smith

10 01 2014

CyberleagleLast year was a busy year for cyberlaw. But what does 2014 hold? Graham Smith of the Cyberleagle blog looks at legal developments in which are presently in the UK and EU pipeline and will take effect in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Delfi AS v Estonia: Court Strikes Serious Blow to Free Speech Online – Gabrielle Guillemin

15 10 2013

DelfiOn 10 October 2103, the European Court of Human Rights handed down judgment in Delfi AS v. Estonia (no.64569/09), a case concerning the liability of a news portal, Delfi AS for third-party comments made on its website.  The Estonian courts found that Delfi AS had editorial control over the comments’ section on its news site and should have prevented clearly unlawful comments from being published, notwithstanding the fact that Delfi had taken down the offensive comments immediately upon being notified of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Nudging and Filtering: Internet Censorship and Mail Hypocrisy – Julian Petley

15 08 2013

The Open Rights Group is asking people to sign a petition asking David Cameron not to require Internet Service Providers to switch on ‘adult’ web filters by default, meaning that anyone who wishes to access certain kinds of material online will have to ask their ISP to switch off the filter. Read the rest of this entry »


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