Jimmy Wales is betting crowd-sourced news can restore our trust in the media: he might be right – Jane B Singer

26 04 2017

For more than 15 years, Jimmy Wales has been the poster boy for the promise and the power of crowd-sourcing. When he launched Wikipedia in 2001, virtually everyone scoffed at the idea of a free and open-sourced online encyclopaedia with articles written by amateurs. 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 »

Government “Call for Views” on GDPR Derogations – Closing date 10 May 2017

19 04 2017

The Data Protection Team at the Culture Media and Sport Department is seeking the views of stakeholders on the derogations in the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) which will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook’s ‘fake news’ plan is doomed to failure: social media must do more to counter disinformation – Tom Felle

13 04 2017

Fake news has become an important focus for news foundations, democratic interest groups and various journalism academics and researchers, following claims that the US presidential elections may have been influenced by anti-Clinton propaganda created by Russia and shared on social networks. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »

Where Speech Goes, Repression Follows: The Global Trend of Criminalizing Online Speech – Nani Jansen Reventlow and Jonathan McCully

10 04 2017

As the next billion people move online, governments worldwide are adopting legislation that curtails free expression rights on the internet. Pushing back against this trend is important to safeguard one of the most fundamental freedoms. Read the rest of this entry »

Law and Media Round Up – 10 April 2017

10 04 2017

The Hilary legal term ends on Wednesday 12 April 2017.  The Easter Term begins on Tuesday 25 April 2017. Only one of the important outstanding reserved judgments in media law case is due to be delivered before the end of term: Flood v Times Newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »

Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up No. 21

9 04 2017

The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news. Read the rest of this entry »