Case Law: Hourani v Thomson, Businessman awarded damages for ‘sophisticated campaign of harassment’ – David Hill

19 03 2017

In the case of Hourani v Thomson & Ors ([2017] EWHC 432 (QB)) a businessman who was the target of a “sustained, highly sophisticated, cynical and calculated” campaign was awarded £80,000 in damages for defamation and harassment following a 10 day trial in the High Court. Read the rest of this entry »





Australians believe statutory protections against offensive behaviour because of race, colour or national or ethnic origin should stay – Andrew Jakubowicz, Kevin Dunn and Rachel Sharples

28 02 2017

racismWhile debate over the merits of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act continues to rage, new research shows that an overwhelming majority of Australians support legislation that prevents insults on the basis of race, culture or religion. The ConversationWe found that just 10% of Australians believe people should have the freedom to “insult” and “offend” people on the basis of race, culture or religion. Over 75% are opposed. Read the rest of this entry »





Ireland: Harmful Communications and Digital Safety – Eoin O’Dell

6 10 2016

onlinesafety-300x236The Irish Law Reform Commission has published its long-awaited (pdf) a Report on Harmful Communications and Digital Safety(pdf). It contains 32 recommendations for reform, and includes a draft Harmful Communications and Digital Safety Bill to implement them. Read the rest of this entry »





Cyber bullying and the workplace – Rhory Robertson and Clare Taylor

12 07 2016

cyberbullying_atwork-1024x487The ever increasing presence of social media in our lives, whether old or young, is undeniable. Although it has its benefits, the risks of bullying via social media in an employment context cannot be ignored, and represents a developing threat to businesses which employers must manage effectively. Read the rest of this entry »





Is social media making Britain’s political debate more extreme? – Sharon Coen

18 06 2016

image-20160617-11101-10t47f7In the fraught atmosphere gripping Britain following the killing of Jo Cox MP, there is deep concern about the tone of political debate in the country. There is no suggestion social media played a direct role in the crime, but attention has fallen on how more generally it may foment people’s anger. Read the rest of this entry »





Removing social media hate speech within 24 hours sounds like a good idea, but – Fiona R Martin

14 06 2016

HateIn a bid to fight escalating anti-migrant propaganda, the European Commission this month released a blueprint for regulating online hate, which requires social media companies to take down racist material within 24 hours. Read the rest of this entry »





How not to reclaim the internet – Paul Bernal

28 05 2016

reclaim-logo-singleThe new campaign to ‘Reclaim the Internet‘, to ‘take a stand against online abuse’ was launched yesterday – and it could be a really important campaign. The scale and nature of abuse online is appalling – and it is good to see that the campaign does not focus on just one kind of abuse, instead talking about ‘misogyny, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia’ and more. Read the rest of this entry »