Facebook’s Frankenstein’s Monster: freedom of expression and the problem with fake news and violent and sexual content – Peter Coe

24 05 2017

Nick Hopkins’ recent Guardian article on Facebook’s policies on violent and sexual content has, once again, brought the right to freedom of expression and the role of social media platforms under scrutiny. Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Blasphemy is in the news again; it should be removed from the Constitution, as the Constitutional Convention recommended – Eoin O’Dell

10 05 2017

The Irish Independent reported last week that the Gardaí (the Irish police) had launched a blasphemy probe into comments made by Stephen Fry on the television show The Meaning of LifeRead the rest of this entry »





The GDPR and National Legislation: Relevant Articles for Private Platform Adjudication of “Right to Be Forgotten” Requests – Daphne Keller

5 05 2017

In a recent blog post, I discussed the role of EU Member State laws in defining and enforcing the “Right to Be Forgotten” (RTBF) under the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I consider these GDPR provisions in more detail in my forthcoming article. Because in the future RTBF may be applied to hosting services like Facebook or Dailymotion, I discuss potential consequences for them as well as search engines. Read the rest of this entry »





The “Right to Be Forgotten” and National Laws Under the GDPR – Daphne Keller

4 05 2017

The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in the spring of 2018, bringing with it a newly codified version of the “Right to Be Forgotten” (RTBF).  Depending how the new law is interpreted, this right could prove broader than the “right to be de-listed” established in 2014’s Google Spain case. Read the rest of this entry »





Automated censorship is not the answer to extremism: unbalanced Home Affairs Committee recommendations threaten free expression – Jim Killock

3 05 2017

The report by the Home Affairs Select Committee  published on 1 May 2017 brands social media companies as behaving irresponsibly in failing to remove extremist material. Read the rest of this entry »





The French Court Case That Threatens to Bring the “Right to be Forgotten” Everywhere – Nani Jansen Reventlow

27 04 2017

A court case in France might drastically change what information individuals can access online. The case is pending before the French Council of State—France’s highest court—and concerns a “right to be forgotten” dispute between Google and the French data protection authority, CNIL. Read the rest of this entry »





How African governments use advertising as a weapon against media freedom – George Ogola

23 04 2017

National governments remain the single largest source of revenue for news organisations in Africa. In Rwanda, for example, a staggering 85-90% of advertising revenue comes from the public sector. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »