United States: How public feuds on social media and reality TV play out​ in court – Shontavia Johnson

28 07 2017

File 20170725 28293 13xq8a7Free expression on TV and social media generates big ratings and even bigger online followings. Unscripted reality stars claim to bring their authentic expressions to the public through these channels. Beyond influencing the court of public opinion, though, can reality stars wind up in legal trouble for these actions? Read the rest of this entry »





Why it’s important to understand social media’s dark history – Nicholas Bowman

9 07 2017
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It was in April 2016 that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media platform was providing its nearly two billion users the opportunity to livestream content. Read the rest of this entry »





Snapchat, Snap Map, The Spy who snapped me – Sophie Kay

8 07 2017

With the addition of Snap Map to Snapchat’s repertoire, the desires of Snapchat users to be James Bond have officially been met. Well, not quite. However, the new facility that is Snap Map, has drastically changed the mainstream social media landscape. Read the rest of this entry »





Four ways social media companies and security agencies can tackle terrorism – Robyn Torok

10 06 2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined Theresa May in calling on social media companies to crack down on extremist material being published by users. It comes in the wake of the recent terror attacks in Australia and Britain. Read the rest of this entry »





People are going to court over dead family members’ Facebook pages: it’s time for post-mortem privacy – Edina Harbinja

8 06 2017
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The grieving parents of a dead teenager in Germany were recently denied access to their daughter’s Facebook account. They wanted to read the profile page to see if she was being bullied, but the social network argued that doing so would compromise the privacy of her contacts – and a judge agreed. None of this, however, takes into account what the girl would have wanted. Read the rest of this entry »





Being more media savvy won’t stop the spread of ‘fake news’: here’s why – Craig Harper

4 06 2017

Fake news” is the buzzword of 2017. Barely a day goes by without a headline about president Donald Trump lambasting media “bias”, or the spread of “alternative facts”. Read the rest of this entry »





Self-regulation of internet intermediaries: public duty versus private responsibility – Paul Bernal

1 06 2017

As the debate over internet intermediary liabilities has rumbled on over the last few years – sometimes quietly, sometimes quite furiously – one group has been the subject of a special squeeze: the public. The role of intermediaries, and in particular search engines and social media services, has been questioned in a number of areas with qualitatively different issues, but in almost all of them similar dynamics exist: lobbyists, governments and the intermediaries fight for their respective corners, and the interests of the public, of the ordinary internet user, are either ignored or minimised. Read the rest of this entry »