To pap or not to pap: Some advice on news pictures and privacy – Amber Melville-Brown

31 08 2015

prince_george_handoutA letter from the Queen means you’ve reached the ripe old age of 100. A letter from Kensington Palace may mean you’ve overstepped the mark snapping pictures of a royal prince. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Labour Party “purge” and social media privacy – Paul Bernal

30 08 2015

Labour PartyThe so-called ‘Labour Purge’ has many disturbing elements – from the motivations behind those who might ‘need’ to be purged to the motivations of those who want to purge them – but there is one aspect that appeared yesterday that seems to have been largely ignored: the attitude to people’s privacy. Read the rest of this entry »





How the Murdoch press has waged a relentless campaign against the BBC (and why it’s worked) – Julian Petley

29 08 2015

Sun and BBCEver since Rupert Murdoch decided to enter the television game in the early 1980s, his newspapers have waged continuous war on public service broadcasters, and on the BBC in particular. These he sees purely as rivals in the broadcasting marketplace, and when Murdoch spots rivals his instinct is to exterminate them – witness, for example, the predatory pricing by Murdoch of his newspaper titles by means of which he attempted to throttle the Independent in the early 1990s. Read the rest of this entry »





Ashley Madison and the Shark Infested Seas of the Deep Web – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

28 08 2015

Deep-Web-Iceberg-e1432663755280The recent hacking of the Ashley Madison website has inevitably caused a vast avalanche of commentary, covering everything from users’ morality to company security. As we concluded in our previous article  apart from the fallout on people’s personal lives from the data dump, the hackers’ employment of the so-called ‘dark web’ to communicate their criminal acts needs further exploration. Read the rest of this entry »





A Picture of Grief and Shock Too Far – Amber Melville-Brown

28 08 2015

anchor-for-virginia-shootingYesterday I wrote a piece dealing with the privacy issues arising out of the Shoreham air disaster on this side of the Pond.  With eerie timing, on the same day, America unintentionally watched live on TV the murder of two journalists, shot dead by a disgruntled former colleague at ABC News. Read the rest of this entry »






Air Crash Media: Photography, Privacy and Grief – Amber Melville-Brown

27 08 2015

phoneography2Car crash TV is defined in the Urban Dictionary as ‘any TV programme that, like a recent car crash in the street, you know you shouldn’t watch, you know you’ll regret looking, but you just can’t help yourself’. Read the rest of this entry »