Filtering and Censorship

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    Chaos and Control: The Competing Tensions of Internet Governance in Iran

Chaos and Control: The Competing Tensions of Internet Governance in Iran

Kyle Bowen, an LSE Media and Communications alumnus who is now a researcher at Small Media, an NGO that seeks the free flow of information, particularly in Iran, discusses the implications of a new report on Iran’s approach to internet governance.

After several hours of intense debate, the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) descended into chaos. Convened to […]

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    Between institutional dungeons and the dragons of public opinion: Russian Internet regulation

Between institutional dungeons and the dragons of public opinion: Russian Internet regulation

Gregory Asmolov, a PhD researcher at the LSE, argues that new data from Russia suggest revisiting policies for mitigation of radical Internet regulation, based on his recent paper that explores why Russian public opinion is generally in favour of regulation. 

The Russian Internet, also known as Runet, has played an important political role since the turn of the century. […]

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    The Plurality Dialogue: what have we learned, and where next?

The Plurality Dialogue: what have we learned, and where next?

To conclude our Plurality Dialogue series, LSE Media Policy Project director Damian Tambini addresses the most crucial questions that policymakers should be considering with regards to the role that digital intermediaries play in the democratic process.

How might Facebook, Google and other intermediaries influence the outcome of the 2015 UK election? Are they displacing newspapers and TV as kingmakers? As […]

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    Implementing the “right to be forgotten”: the Article 29 Working Party speaks up

Implementing the “right to be forgotten”: the Article 29 Working Party speaks up

Following the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Google Spain case, Google organised a series of public hearings to inform the public about its implementation of “the right to be forgotten” . Last week, the EU’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party issued its guidelines on how the ruling should be implemented. Here, […]

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    Right to be forgotten: tackling the grey zones and striking the right balance

Right to be forgotten: tackling the grey zones and striking the right balance

Today, the Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten holds its last public meeting in Brussels. The Council, which was set up by Google following the European Court of Justice’s ruling that a Spanish citizen had the right to ask the search engine to remove links about him from search results, has held meetings in […]

End impunity for crimes against journalists

The United Nations has designated 2 November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists’. World Editors Forum President, Erik Bjerager, writes that while recent atrocities have catapulted the deaths of two American journalists, in particular, onto front pages worldwide, the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff – however horrendous – remain just two of 40 deaths so far this year.

It is […]

Another Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression….And?

As we pointed out last week, many international indicators show a lack of improvement in the protection of freedom of expression across the globe. Recently the UN and several other international organisations produced an updated Joint Declaration calling for Universal Freedom of Expression with assistance from Article 19 and the Centre for Law and Democracy. Kailey Fuller-Jackson, an MSc candidate […]

Media Policy Meme 7: Symbolizing the Battle for Free Press

Despite the opportunities afforded by online platforms, there is evidence that freedom of expression and particularly freedom of the press has not been improving across the globe, and that often this is a reflection of state policies. Reporters Without Borders said its most recent World Press Freedom Index is a “reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards […]

Children’s Online Risks Diversifying; Some Self-Created

Many parents worry about what their children might encounter online and some might use filters to block sexually explicit content, but LSE’s Benjamin De La Pava reports that new research shows the risks children face are increasingly related to user generated content including what children themselves are sharing. Particularly in the public eye, discussions about internet safety for children tend to suffer […]

Media Policy Meme 6: One Does Not Simply…

The UK public remains torn between the need for the  state to protect its citizens and the fundamental principle of freedom of speech in the cyber world. The next meme in our summer series was chosen from amongst the many popular user generated images that deal with the issue of online free speech. It combines a popularly recognized image from the […]