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 »





Is there a First Amendment right to follow President Trump’s Twitter account? – Clay Calvert

13 06 2017

President Donald Trump’s fondness for criticizing news organizations, “heckling journalists” and spouting points of public policy via his Twitter account is clear. News of his nomination of Christopher Wray to be the next FBI director, for example, came by tweet. Read the rest of this entry »





Damages and compensation for invasion of privacy and data protection infringements – Eoin O’Dell [updated]

16 05 2017

The saga in Bollea v Gawker shows two remedies for invasion of privacy. Hulk Hogan (real name, Terry Gene Bollea; pictured left), is a former professional wrestler and American television personality. Gawker was a celebrity news and gossip blog based in New York. In October 2012, Gawker posted portions of a secretly-recorded video of Hogan having sex in 2006 with one Heather Cole, who (as Heather Clem) was the then-wife of his then-best-friend (the wonderfully-monikered radio personality Bubba “the Love Sponge” Clem). Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Can charity save journalism from market failure? – Victor Pickard

2 05 2017

A foundation created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam recently announced it’s giving US$100 million to investigative news outlets and other initiatives, a rare boon for media institutions under duress. Even a fraction of this gift could help bolster impoverished U.S.-based journalism. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





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 »