Trump’s ‘war with the media’ means modern democracies need independent courts more than ever – Nani Jansen Reventlow, Jonathan McCully and Catherine Anite

7 04 2017

Small handscrowd size, and now Nordstrom snubs—nothing seems to upset President Trump more than media coverage that reflects badly on his personal brand, and no slight is too small to provoke a reaction. Read the rest of this entry »





Trump’s FCC continues to redefine the public interest as business interests – Christopher Ali

31 03 2017

The U.S. Senate voted last week to allow internet service providers to sell data about their customers’ online activities to advertisers. The House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday; President Trump is expected to sign the measure into law. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





CIA hacking Q&A: can your TV spy on you and is your phone listening in? – Daniele Sgandurra

10 03 2017

WikiLeaks has released thousands of documents that appear to show how the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is able to spy on smartphones, computers and other internet-connected devices. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, US: Porco v Lifetime Entertainment, Axe Murderers Have Image Rights Too – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

1 03 2017

porcoOn 23 February 2017, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, decided that Christopher Porco, the man convicted in 2006 of killing his father and attempting to kill his mother with an axe while they slept in their home, has a claim under New York’s Civil Rights Law § 50 and 51 (Porco v Lifetime Entertainment Servs., LLC 2017 NY Slip Op 01421). Read the rest of this entry »





Trump’s America: the land of the not-so-free press- Ivor Gaber

31 01 2017

The Trump offensive – in both senses of the word – against the media continues unabated. The already fraught relationship now appears to have taken a more sinister turn with the news that six journalists who were arrested while covering anti-Trump protests in Washington during the inauguration have been charged with felony rioting and could face lengthy jail terms. Read the rest of this entry »





#spicerfacts: how the White House’s relationship with the press will play out – Jon Herbert

26 01 2017

Journalists would have anticipated the first press conference of the Trump presidency with some trepidation. Not only had his briefing at Trump Tower as president-elect been something of a shambles as Trump excoriated some journalists and ignored others, but the whole election campaign had been traumatic for many. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Congress to Weaken Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act? – Ed Klaris & Alexia Bedat

20 01 2017

cda-230The protections that courts have given to online publishers under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act 1996 (the “CDA”) just may have gone too far. Read the rest of this entry »