Investigatory Powers bill will remove ISPs’ right to protect your privacy – Eerke Boiten

8 11 2015

BanksyFollowing months of uncertainty and a few weeks of intense speculation and spin, the UK government has published its draft Investigatory Powers bill, a piece of legislation incorporating sweeping surveillance powers frequently described and derided as a “snooper’s charter”. Read the rest of this entry »

Columbia University Calls for Nominations for Second Annual Global Freedom of Expression Prizes

17 10 2015

global-freedom-of-expressionColumbia University is seeking nominations for the second annual Columbia Global Freedom of Expression Prizes, including self-nominations, of jurists and other legal experts, academics, and non-governmental organizations actively engaged in protecting freedom of expression around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Government fragments data protection policy and leaves Leveson’s data protection recommendations to rot – Chris Pounder

30 09 2015

DCMSThe transfer of responsibility for data protection policy to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is a really bad idea.  It fragments responsibility for data protection policy across three Departments of State and risks reducing the protection afforded to data subjects.  Important data protection recommendations from Leveson will be shelved.  This blog explains why. Read the rest of this entry »

Toxic triangle: how government and commercial media ganged up on BBC – Richard Tait

14 09 2015

BBCThe 2011 Parliament Act has been bad news for the BBC. It means the two periods of maximum potential political intervention in the BBC. Charter renewal every ten years and licence fee negotiations every five now coincide almost exactly with the dates of UK general elections and will do so for the foreseeable future. Read the rest of this entry »

The Beeb, the bias and the bashing – Ivor Gaber

12 09 2015

BBC Election ResultsMy entry for the prize for the most unsurprising allegation of 2015 was the uncannily similar complaints that emanated from a number of Conservative MPs who claimed that the BBC’s reporting of the general election had been overtly pro-Labour (fat lot of good it did them, one might opine). 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 »

BBC Charter Green Paper: Inside the bizarre logic of the BBC review – Des Freedman

19 07 2015

BBCWho would have expected that one of the central debates about the future of the BBC would not be about its pro-business news coverage, its financial mismanagement or its alleged cover-up of the Jimmy Savile scandal, but about whether it should show Strictly Come Dancing on a Saturday night? Read the rest of this entry »


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