Ireland: Internet defamation and the liability of intermediaries (Muwema v Facebook Part 1) – Eoin O’Dell

28 09 2016

uganda-facebook-ireland-300x284The liability of internet intermediaries for defamatory posts on their platforms was central to the decision of Binchy J in Muwema v Facebook Ireland Ltd [2016] IEHC 519 (23 August 2016). A Ugandan lawyer objected to allegedly defamatory posts on a pseudonymous Facebook account, and Binchy J gave an order requiring Facebook to identify the account-holder. Read the rest of this entry »





What’s wrong with the web and do we need to fix it? – Sam Hinton

28 06 2016

InternetMore than 20 years after the first web server started bringing the internet into our lives, a recent conference in San Francisco brought together some of its creators to discuss its future. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Publication in an internet context – Graham Hryce

23 06 2016

gazetteThe Western Australia Court of Appeal has recently handed down an interesting decision on the meaning of “publication” in the context of defamatory material posted on the internet. The case is Sims v Jooste (No 2). Read the rest of this entry »





Can you ever remove nasty internet content about yourself? – Andres Guadamuz

31 03 2016

Internet ContentFor the last couple of years, journalist Dune Lawrence has been subject to constant harassment. She wrote several articles about an investment firm, and the owner initiated an online defamation campaign against her and other targets. He posted images of her to his website and called her a racist, a fraud, incompetent and dumb, among many other insults. Read the rest of this entry »





It’s inevitable that the internet changes how we relate: what matters is how – Sally Quinn

10 10 2015

RelationshipsBreaking up is never easy, and while 20 years ago there may well have been little or no post break-up contact between exes, 21st century technology – from social media to Whatsapp – means there are many new ways to open old wounds. With so many communications channels with which to get hold of people, and with so much of our lives visible online through such things as Facebook, it’s easy to keep an eye on our exes once we’ve parted. Read the rest of this entry »





New Book: Regulating Speech in Cyberspace: Gatekeepers, Human Rights and Corporate Responsibility – Emily Laidlaw

2 10 2015

Regulating Speech in CyberspaceNew technologies have changed the way we communicate challenging traditional structures of speech regulation. In the internet context, the transnational, instantaneous nature of communications makes it difficult for governments to directly control the information that enters and leaves a country. Read the rest of this entry »





Can our laws cope with online harassment, revenge porn and other internet nasties? – Amber Melville-Brown

25 09 2015

Online HarassmentEngland’s laws are slow to catch up with the proliferation of misdemeanours which occur online, says Amber Melville-Brown in piece originally published on the Spears website. Read the rest of this entry »