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ICANN 52 and the road to WSIS+10

ICANN held the first of its three annual open meetings in Singapore last week. LSE alumna and ICANN fellow Anri van der Spuy attended and encountered a reluctant yet growing willingness to start opening the debate to accommodate broader internet governance issues, besides an expected focus on the IANA stewardship transition.

As one of the primary bodies tasked with the technical […]

Who owns the media? Sometimes no one knows

Marius Dragomir and Mark Thompson look at the state of transparency of media ownership in Southeastern Europe and argue that the EU Commissioners must encourage European-level action. 

Southeastern Europe suffers from some of the world’s least transparent media ownership. In a Mapping Digital Media (MDM) report on Macedonia in 2012, Roberto Belicanec and Zoran Ricliev wrote that “there are no formal or legal requirements for […]

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    Practical obscurity and the right to be forgotten: “pretty much” privacy is enough

Practical obscurity and the right to be forgotten: “pretty much” privacy is enough

Rutgers University Law Professor Ellen Goodman looks at attempts to extend the right to be forgotten beyond Europe and argues that  a person’s ‘right to be forgotten’ should not be a right to completely erase information, but instead should be a right to ‘practical obscurity’.
In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized an individual interest in the “practical obscurity” of certain personal information. The […]

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    Three years on…and still waiting for data protection reform

Three years on…and still waiting for data protection reform

David Smith, Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection for the ICO, looks at why EU data protection regulation proposals and discussions are taking so long and outlines what the UK is doing in the midst of reform.

As the candles were blown out on the third birthday of the European Commission’s proposal for a new data protection regulation for Europe, […]

February 9th, 2015|Featured, Privacy|0 Comments|
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    ‘Toothless’ press regulator is a busted flush, but genuine post-Leveson reform is still on the way

‘Toothless’ press regulator is a busted flush, but genuine post-Leveson reform is still on the way

Since the dust settled on the Leveson Inquiry and its recommendations, much of the UK media has sought to portray the newly-formed Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) as the answer to the press regulation question and the end of the story. Steven Barnett argues this is far from the case, and genuine independent regulation through the Royal Charter framework remains both necessary and […]

February 6th, 2015|Press Regulation|0 Comments|
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    The significance of a Global Agenda on Children’s Rights in the Digital Age in the South African context

The significance of a Global Agenda on Children’s Rights in the Digital Age in the South African context

Patrick Burton and Joanne Phyfer of South Africa’s Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention use the case of South Africa to argue that unique contextual factors impact children’s ICT use across varying countries and regions, which means the lack of knowledge about how children use ICTs in the global South severely limits our understanding of this issue. 

Professor Sonia Livingstone and […]

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    Media Pluralism Monitor identifies areas of concern for the UK

Media Pluralism Monitor identifies areas of concern for the UK

Robert G. Picard is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, a research fellow at Green Templeton College (Oxford), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He explains the results of the pilot implementation in the UK of the European Union’s Media Pluralism Monitor.

The UK scores relatively well overall […]

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    Sonia Livingstone: What’s changing, surprising, and problematic in new Ofcom report

Sonia Livingstone: What’s changing, surprising, and problematic in new Ofcom report

Sonia Livingstone looks at the findings in Ofcom’s recently published report, 2014 Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes, and goes beyond the statistics presented to ask how we should interpret the prevalence of tablets in the home and changing media literacy behaviours among UK kids. 

As Ofcom releases another mammoth report charting children and parents’ media uses and attitudes in the […]

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    European Commission approves Facebook/WhatsApp deal: data concentration and privacy as competition concerns?

European Commission approves Facebook/WhatsApp deal: data concentration and privacy as competition concerns?

Inge Graef, an expert on the intersection between personal data and competition law on online media platforms from KU Leuven, looks at the Facebook/WhatsApp acquisition and argues that the European Commission should have examined the impact data concentration can have on attracting and retaining users and privacy as a means of competition between competing services.  

Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp raises […]

The hackers hacked and press freedom in peril

Angela Phillips, author of the recently published book Journalism in Context, argues that British news media needs an authoritative, moral, and collective voice to fight against the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and to preserve a free and open press. 
For the first time since the start of the hacking enquiries, the British Press is speaking with one voice in its condemnation […]